Kelly’s late goal leaves Dundalk FC within two wins of the title
Georgie Kelly’s goal 12 minutes from the end saw Dundalk FC finally break Cork City’s resistance at Oriel Park on Friday night as Vinny Perth’s side won 1-0 to open up a 10 point lead at the top of the SSE Airtricity League table.
The striker scored within a minute of his introduction when Patrick McEleney’s cross was played back across goal by Sean Gannon, with Kelly diving in to head past Tadgh Ryan.
Up until then it had looked as if Neale Fenn’s side could frustrate Dundalk having packed their defence for long periods.
The win means Dundalk can now retain their title if they win their next two matches away to Waterford FC on Friday September 20th and home to Shamrock Rovers on Monday September 23rd.
Dundalk are in FAI Cup action tonight when they travel to the RSC to face Waterford FC.
Dundalk FC: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Andy Boyle, Dean Jarvis; Chris Shields, Robbie Benson (Daniel Kelly 67); Jamie McGrath (Georgie Kelly 77), Patrick McEleney, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Cameron Dummigan 85).
Cork City: Tadgh Ryan; Colm Horgan, Conor McCarthy, Dan Casey, Ronan Hurley; Conor McCormack, Alec Byrne; Daire O’Connor (Darragh Crowley 86), Eoghan Stokes (Ben O’Brien Whitmarsh 83), Shane Griffin; Mark O’Sullivan.
Referee: Ben Connolly.