Dundalk bow out from Oriel Park with big win over Cork
Dundalk ended their best campaign in 18 years with a resounding 4-0 win over Cork City last night in what was their final match at Oriel Park this season.
The win keeps Stephen Kenny’s side on course for a second placed finish, with just an away trip to face Bray Wanderers to come before the curtain is brought down on a superb season.
Any chance of silverware might have already passed before last night but that didn’t stop the Lilywhites from serving up an end of season treat for supporters with Richie Towell and Pat Hoban showing exactly why they have been nominated for the PFAI Player and Young Player of the Year awards with two goal of the season contenders.
It was Towell who opened the scoring on 33 minutes with a low drive into the bottom left hand corner from all of 35 yards that gave goalkeeper Mark McNulty no chance.
If that was special, then the second was even better. A cross from the right looked like it would come to nothing until Hoban connected with a stunning bicycle kick in the second minute of added time at the end of the half to leave it 2-0 at the break.
The result was then put firmly beyond doubt four minutes after the restart when Garry Buckley scored an own goal, with substitute John Dillon wrapping up the victory in stoppage time with another superb strike from 25 yards.
Dundalk: Cherrie; Rossiter (Sullivan 78), Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Towell, O’Donnell (Dillon 55), Shields, Mountney; Byrne (Mulvenna 89), Hoban. Subs not used: Kelly, Faherty, McCaffrey, Winn.
Cork City: McNulty; Kavanagh, Buckley (Spillane 75), Murray, Murphy; G Morrissey, Dunleavy (Kenny 84), Duggan, Horgan; D Morrissey, Kilduff. Subs not used: Turner, Lehane, Forde, Burns, O’Connell.
Referee: Neil Doyle.