Wednesday 15 August 2018

Stroll in sun for Dundalk

Dundalk 5 Bray Wanderers 0

Drogos Mamaliga of Bray Wanderers clears the ball off the line. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Drogos Mamaliga of Bray Wanderers clears the ball off the line. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Dundalk continue to set the pace after winning at a canter against struggling Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park.

The Lilywhites were playing their seventh match in the space of 21 days so a stroll in the May sunshine is exactly what Stephen Kenny would have wanted.

Jamie McGrath of Dundalk in action against Daniel McKenna of Bray Wanderers. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Jamie McGrath of Dundalk in action against Daniel McKenna of Bray Wanderers. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

With 15 minutes on the clock, the three points were in the bag and at half-time it was a case of damage limitation for the visitors. The scoreless draw that they recorded at the border venue on the opening night of the season feels like a lifetime ago now.

Patrick Hoban hammered home goal number 13 of the season in the 13th minute before Dylan Connolly left his old club on the ropes two minutes later, picking his spot from 18 yards to fire the ball past Evan Moran.

After the visitors had lost skipper Gary McCabe to injury, Dundalk added a third before the interval when Jamie McGrath socred from close range.

Hoban headed home Dundalk's fourth in the 62nd minute and substitute Marco Tagbajumi squeezed home a Dean Jarvis cross to make it 5-0.

Jamie McGrath of Dundalk in action against Paul O'Conor of Bray Wanderers. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Jamie McGrath of Dundalk in action against Paul O'Conor of Bray Wanderers. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

A miserable night went from bad to worse for Bray when Andrew McGovern was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

 

DUNDALK - Rogers; Hoare, Gartland, Cleary, Jarvis; Shields, Benson (Adorjan HT); Connolly, McGrath (Murray 62), Duffy; Hoban (Tagbajumi 62

BRAY WDS - Moran; Hayes (Mamaliga HT), Kenna, Heaney, Lynch; D Kelly, O'Conor, McKenna, McCabe (McGovern 27), Galvin; Coughlan (Pender 82

REF - R Harvey (Dublin)

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