Shanahan slots dramatic late winner as Galway stun champions Dundalk
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Galway native Stephen O’Donnell was immense at the heart of the Dundalk midfield but it was Gary Shanahan who popped up to slot a dramatic late winner for the Tribesmen.
Galway have struggled all season at the foot of the table but Shane Keegan’s men finally got their first league win, sparking big celebrations at Eamonn Deacy Park.
Vinny Faherty headed his first league goal of the season in the first-half but David McMillian equalised with his sixth goal and Dundalk looked set to take the win as they pressurised Galway in the second-half.
But Stephen Kenny’s men came up short, and Shanahan blasted a goal from outside the box in the 93rd minute for an unlikely victory.
Dundalk were well on top in the first-half but it was 1-1 at the break.
The Galway defence was brilliant and both Stephen Folan and Lee Grace made important clearances.
Goalkeeper Conor Winn was also on form and stopped Dane Massey’s chip before Galway took the lead against the run of play – Faherty finished off a Ronan Murray delivery in the 25th minute but Dundalk hit back.
Jamie McGrath hit wide of Winn’s left post before McMillan scored his goal in the 36th minute. Brian Gartland provided the pass and the Dundalk striker scored from a tight angle.
Winn saved from Patrick McEleney and substitute John Mountney shot wide before Shanahan punished the champions with his last gasp strike.
GALWAY UNITED: Winn; Horgan, Grace, Folan, Ludden; Shanahan, Cawley, Holohan (Sinnott 92), Devaney; Murray (Devers 83), Faherty (Cunningham 86).
DUNDALK: Rogers; Vemmelund (Mountney 72), Gartland, Hoare, Massey; Shields, O’Donnell, McGrath (Kilduff 79), McEleney, Duffy; McMillan (Stewart 84).
Referee: Ben Connolly (Dublin).