McMillan goal sees Dundalk get back to winning ways against Wexford Youths
Wexford Youths 0 Dundalk 1
David McMillan scored the only goal of the game at Ferrycarrig Park as Dundalk got back to winning ways domestically to move four points clear at the top of the Premier Division table.
Having lost their previous two league encounters, the champions had to work hard for their victory over 10-man Youths.
Central defender Brian Gartland returned after a six-week lay-off with a broken wrist in five changes to the Dundalk line-up from their Champions League exit to Legia Warsaw.
Though Youths, with four changes from their FAI Cup defeat of Sligo Rovers, started positively, with Jonny Bonney and Shane Dunne narrowly off target from distance, Dundalk soon settled and had the better of the first half.
They took the lead in the 38th minute, when Dunne’s pass near the halfway line ricocheted off visiting winger John Mountney to give McMillan a run on goal.
The in-form striker had the pace to hold off the backtracking Conor O’Keeffe before drilling his shot past Graham Doyle for his 13th league goal of the campaign and 18th in all.
Dundalk remained in command into the second half with Robbie Benson forcing a save from Doyle with a powerful free kick on 59 minutes before Wexford were reduced to ten men a minute later.
Youths midfielder Peter Higgins, booked in the first half, was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Sean Gannon.
Wexford Youths – Doyle; McCabe, Grace, Last, Friel (Porter 80); O’Keeffe (Molloy 62), Higgins, Bonner, Mulligan; Dunne, Keenan.
Dundalk – Rogers; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Grimes; Benson (McEleney 68), O’Donnell; Mountney (Shiels 73), Finn, Meenan (Shields 88); McMillan.
Ref – R Harvey (Dublin).