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McMillan Double keeps The Lilywhites in the title race

Connor McGinty

A David McMillan double kept the title hopes alive for Stephen Kenny’s men who are 6 points behind a Cork side who have a record-equalling 8 wins from their first 8 games.

An interesting opening 20 minutes saw a fairly even passage of football with Harps playing at an impressive tempo possibly adapting a tactic from Tallaght’s defeat by trying to get the goals on the scoreboard early.

An early Paddy McCourt free into the box had McNulty and McAleer chasing coming close only for Rogers to gather comfortably.

McCourt again showing his experience reading a headed back pass from Chris Shields before the Dundalk Midfielder had even touched the ball however Dundalk as expected coped rather well with a high press from a Harps team full of life.

Houston had one of the best chances of the game for the home side, set free down the left and making his way into the box tried to pick out McAleer awaiting a tap in with Rodgers out to meet Houston but the former Pat’s man Hoare was there to clear for a corner.

Dundalk penalty claims were waved away but the focus was firmly on post which McMillan struck on the half hour mark. It was that man McMillan who this time beat the Keeper from a magnificent Vemmelund cross to poke the ball home to the delight of the travelling support.

A rather eventful first half drew to a close with the much criticised Paul Tuite ending the first 45 minutes with a much anticipated second half on the way and Harps fans hopeful they could emulate last Friday’s come back against Rovers.

The town end terrace this time felt the wrath of a McMillan shot minutes before another Conor Clifford cross picked out the prolific striker making it 4 goals in three games for the well known Evan McMillan’s younger brother.

Dundalk could of made it three when Thomas Stewart was through on goal slipping the ball through Gallagher’s legs but only resulting in a corner.

Harps had penalty shouts of their own dismissed by Tuite who isn’t too popular amongst the Ballybofey supporters.

Eddie Dsane pressed Hoare into his own box who subsequently went to ground under no contact handling the ball whilst on the deck only for Tuite to give a free out.

A good performance from the blue and white army who conceded 7 to in my opinion a stronger Dundalk team last year but as Ollie Horgan echoed in Tallaght” Morale victories are no good to us.”

Harps now face Derry in Maginn Park on Good Friday, they then welcome the Drogs to Finn Park before travelling to the capital again to face Bohemians to conclude April.

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