Sunday 18 February 2018

Towell thunderbolt as Dundalk extend purple patch

Bohemians 0 Dundalk 2

Chris Shields, Dundalk, in action
Chris Shields, Dundalk, in action
Richie Towell, Dundalk, scores his side's second goal
Dundalk's Daryl Horgan, centre, is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring his side's first goal

Five league games, five league wins, 18 goals scored and only one conceded.

If Dundalk go on and win the Airtricity League, they will look back at the month of May as a pivotal month in that success.

The latest of those victories came at Dalymount Park against a spirited, but limited, Bohemians side. While the performance may have lacked the swagger shown in their previous wins over Sligo Rovers and Drogheda United, there was still a sublime Richie Towell goal for the purists to enjoy.

Towell took his tally to eight in all competitions with the 52nd-minute clincher, a wonderful first-time effort that curled past Dean Delany and maintained Dundalk's two-point lead over Cork City at the summit.

The game was just 45 seconds old when Darren Meenan pounced on a Delany clearance to head towards goal but Dan Byrne was on hand to stop the ball crossing the line. The Lilywhites continued to push, and Dane Massey was next to test Delany with a 30-yard drive.

If Massey looked sharp going forward, he was guilty of dozing at the other end soon after. Karl Moore's free-kick caught the Dundalk full-back on the hop but Paddy Kavanagh couldn't profit at the back post.

The visitors pulled ahead in the ninth minute. Some good approach play by Sean Gannon and Meenan on the right had Bohs on the back foot. Meenan squared the ball to Horgan and the winger cut on to his left foot to lash a 20-yard drive past Delany.

The Bohs 'keeper had to fling himself to his left to stop Kurtis Byrne making it 2-0 just after the restart but the home side quickly regrouped and held the upper hand for the remainder of the half.

Paddy Kavanagh's free-kick, just shy of the half hour mark, was as close as they came to a goal, his 25-yard attempt going just inches wide.

They also had a good opportunity to restore parity six minutes later. Anto Murphy's throw-in from the left floated over a crowded six-yard box and fell to Jason Byrne at the far post but the ace hitman could only direct his effort over the top.

After the break, Towell doubled Dundalk's advantage. Racing on to Patrick Hoban's lay-off, the midfielder's sumptuous effort arced past Delany.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of the Gypsies. Stephen Beattie flashed a right-footed drive at Cherrie in the 69th minute but Dundalk almost added a third when Horgan hit a post late on.

Bohemians – Delany; Murphy, Price, L Byrne, Pender; Kavanagh, Mulcahy, Walsh (Devaney 79), Moore (Corcoran 59); Beattie, J Byrne.

Dundalk – Cherrie; Gannon, Boyle, Gartland, Massey; Meenan, Towell, Shields, Horgan; Byrne (Mountney 86); Hoban (McMillan 82).

REF – D Tomney.

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