|24 September 2021||7:45 pm||Premier Division||2021|
A Sean Murray brace of goals proved to be the difference as Dundalk claimed the vital three points on offer after an enticing affair at Oriel Park.
In a game that had been entertaining from the off, Sean Murray got Dundalk off the perfect start however that joy was short-lived as Johnny Kenny quickly equalised for Sligo, Dundalk got back in front with a second Murray goal before John Mahon’s own goal in the second half ensured that the men from Oriel Park claimed the spoils.
Patrick Hoban put the icing on the cake with a fourth goal in added time.
Both sides pressed for an early opener but it was Dundalk who were the side to get off the mark as Sean Murray opened his scoring account for the night on the 11th minute. Sami Ben Amar hit a pinpoint cross that was met the onrushing Sean Murray and he slotted it past McGinty.
The lead was short-lived however as Johnny Kenny struck back for the visitors, the ball was sent into the young striker and he broke free of the defence and held off Jurkovskis in doing so as he slotted it past Cherrie.
Dundalk got themselves back in front five minutes later after a cross from Jurkovskis was only half-cleared and the ball fell to Sean Murray on the penalty spot and he hit a well-placed shot past McGinty.
Dundalk added a third as defender John Mahon scored an own goal under pressure from striker Patrick Hoban. Michael Duffy did excellently to keep the ball in play and his drilled ball across the box saw Mahon turn it into his own net. He tried to make up for that mistake as Mahon hit a well-placed effort that tested Peter Cherrie's gloves from 25 yards out but the keeper was assured all evening and saved with ease
While both sides continued to press with second-half substitute Seamus Keogh hitting a low effort to once again put Peter Cherrie to work he saved well. Hoban and Greg Sloggett had efforts late on in the game to put the game beyond doubt but both just went over. Hoban did get his goal right on the stroke of full time as he latched onto a Michael Duffy pass and he curled a great effort past McGinty.
In the context of things not much has changed for Dundalk in terms of position in the table but for Vinny Perth, its confidence-boosting back to back wins could provide much-needed momentum. Their biggest win to date this season, you feel this is the end of the false dawns.
|16. Sean Murray||11'|
|14'||24. Johnny Kenny|
|16. Sean Murray||20'|
|21. John Mahon||62'|
|9. Patrick Hoban||63'|
Mark Byrne (Sligo)
|72'||3. Colm Horgan|
|9. Patrick Hoban||90'|
|Casey's Field (Oriel Park)|
|Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk No. 3 Urban, The Municipal District of Dundalk, County Louth, Leinster, A91 RC44, Ireland|