Thursday 22 February 2018

Lilies' wing command

Dundalk 3 UCD 1

Wingers Ross Gaynor and Daniel Kearns played a major part in Dundalk's victory over UCD at Oriel Park last night, helping themselves to a goal apiece in the Lilywhites' second win of the campaign.

Both sides have a reputation for playing eye-catching football but there was little to get enthused about in a dreary opening half an hour, hampered by a strong wind.

A brief flurry by the home side around the 20-minute mark saw Ger Barron called into action twice, but the UCD 'keeper was at fault for Dundalk's opener in the 42nd minute when he was caught flat-footed as Gaynor's drive beat him at his near post.

Goal number two arrived on the stroke of half-time. Kearns' free-kick was spilled by Barron into the path of Jason Byrne who hit the post. UCD failed to clear their lines and Kearns was in the right place to finish off some fantastic approach play by Mark Quigley on the byline.

UCD pulled one back in the 69th minute when Paul Corry floated a wonderful free-kick past Peter Cherrie but Byrne put paid to any hope of a comeback two minutes later.

DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Madden, Hawkins, Guthrie, N Murphy; Kearns, Ward, McDonnell, Gaynor; Quigley (Griffin 80), Byrne (Breen 78).

UCD -- Barron; O'Conor, Boyle (O'Connor 75), Leahy, Nangle; Meenan, Creevy, Marshall, Corry, Langtry; Rusk.

REF -- P Sutton (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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