By Jim MacArdle
With Mark Doyle having played brilliantly for the first team against Shamrock Rovers, James Carroll pushed up into midfield and David Harper had his first start alongside Emmet Carolan at the back. Carroll had played 70 minutes for the Irish Schools v. Scotland on Thursday and was eventually replaced by Sean Hughes in the second half.
Despite going a goal up through a Nathan Seery free kick after 26 minutes, and hitting the bar twice in the first half, and holding this one goal lead until the 64th minute, the Drogs succumbed to a five-goal Dundalk blitz in the last 25 minutes.
The first half was a real derby with not much been given away by either side.
The Drogs went 1-0 up from a direct free kick by Seery and they hit the bar twice and had other half chances and could easily have been three up at half time. Drogs keeper Sweeney pulled off a great save low to his right to negate Dundalk’s only chance in the first half.
The second half was a different kettle of fish altogether with the Drogs failing to add to their lead and Dundalk went long as the second half progressed, putting the visiting defence under pressure.
But it wasn’t till 64 minutes when they got the equaliser which was a great through pass from the back that wrong-footed the Drogs defence and good finish and the home side then got a quick second a minute later. Manager Derek Boyle will be disappointed to see his team concede five goals in the last 25 minutes , but the Drogs should have put the result beyond doubt in the first half.
Team: Dylan Sweeney, Sean Tunney, Craig D’Arcy (Sam Reilly),David Harper, Emmett Carolan, Kyle Molloy, Karl Fitzsimons (Gavin Taylor), Lee Partridge (Aaron Kenna), James Carroll (Sean Hughes),Stephen Meaney, Nathan Seery (Lee McGuinness). .
Subs not used: Jamie Hickey