by Jim MacArdle
The Drogs fielded with Lloyd Buckley and Dominic Mahon returning to the starting eleven and their assurance in defence and calmness on the ball was just the tonic their team-mates needed.
The home side, riding high in the league, started very well, dominating midfield, and with quick incisive play down the flanks carved a number of chances, missing open goals in the 6th, 11th and 18th minutes. At that stage the Drogs were struggling to make an impression and it was not until the half hour mark that they started to gain some meaningful possession and on 37 they forced their first corner.
The teams went in 0 – 0 at half time, and it appeared that the Drogs’ half time ‘chat’ proved fruitful, for the second half was only two minutes old when they were awarded a penalty for handball and Fionn Reilly dispatched the spot kick expertly to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
This lead goal gave the Drogs more confidence and as the second half progressed they dominated most phases of the game. The defence was solid and in midfield they were first to most loose balls and Ollie Hamzat and Fionn Reilly worked very hard up front.
On 60 minutes, Dundalk midfielder Poynton was sent off for a rather innocuous second yellow card, and on 77 sub Shaun Bannon (on for the hard-working Ollie Hamzat), was taken down for the Drogs second penalty, however Fionn’s second effort was saved by the keeper.
From that point to the end of the game, the home side threw everything they had at the Drogs defence, but it was the visitors who looked more comfortable on the ball and they saw the game out for a deserved three points.
Team: Evin Farrell, Sam McGowan (Ciaran Cluskey Kelly 87), Joe Judge, Lloyd Buckley, Jake Corrigan, Adam Clarke (Ken Costello 75), Dominic Mahon, Andrew Brown (Dale Harding 92), Conor Byrne (Adam Farrell 84), Ollie Hamzat (Shaun Bannon 70), Fionn Reilly.
Sub not used: Sean O’Brien, Shane Freeman
Next Match: Wednesday 12th v. Longford Town 7:45pm United Park
Fionn Reilly (penalty)