Dundalk took a huge step towards collecting their third title in a row with a convincing 2-1 win over rivals Cork City at Oriel Park.
The big talking point before the game was that Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers was dropped to the bench in place of Gabriel Sava and Alan Keane came in at right back for the lilywhites in place of Sean Gannon.
The opener came on seven minutes for Dundalk when Daryl Horgan curled a world class free kick effort from the edge of the area over the Cork wall that came back off the bar and unfortunately hit off goalkeeper Mark McNulty and go down as an own goal to put the lilywhites ahead.
On thirty six minutes the moment of the match came from the man of the match when Daryl Horgan took the ball in his own half and glided past all Cork’s defense before smashing the ball past McNulty to double Dundalk’s lead.
— Renan Duarte (@RenanDuarteJ) October 11, 2016
The Galwegian must have known the Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was in the crowd as he showed all night what the Irish te am are missing by not including him in the Irish squads.
On fifty four minutes Cork City made a substitution bringing on Mark O’Sullivan replacing Gavin Holohan and within a minute the striker had the ball in the back of the net to bring the game back to a one goal game.
The referee made a poor decision keeping the cards in his pocket on sixty three minutes, when the already booked Greg Bolger took down Chris Shields with force on the edge of the box which was a certain yellow which should have seen the Cork captain walk.
The game was controlled comfortably by Dundalk in the last quarter limiting Cork City’s chances on goal and in truth the Leesiders never made Sava work and Dundalk took all three points.
Man of the Match: Daryl Horgan
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