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24 September 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

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Murray brace difference for Dundalk

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.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: 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 Sean Murray goal before John Mahon’s own goal in the second half ensured that the men from Oriel Park claimed the spoils before Patrick Hoban put the icing on the cake with a fourth goal in added time.

  • 90'

    HOBAN! Right at the death seals the tie with a goal, he latched onto a Michael Duffy cross and slammed it past McGinty.

  • 90'

    What an effort from Greg Sloggett that just went over the bar. That would have been spectacular.

  • 90'

    Five added minutes here.

  • 87'

    Two changes for Dundalk as Will Patching and Raivis Jurkovskis are replaced by Mark Hanratty and Sonni Nattestad.

  • 83'

    Keogh comes on for Johnny Kenny.

  • 80'

    Ravis booked for an altercation.

  • 80'

    Big final ten minutes and this game is still being contested as if it is the first. Sligo looking to get back into this game, Dundalk pushing hard for a fourth.

  • 72'

    For pulling Duffy's shirt Horgan gets a yellow card.

  • 72'

    Double sub for Sligo as Mark Byrne and Romeo Parks come on for Walter Figueira and Andre Wright.

  • 72'

    Mahon's effort was low and tested Peter Cherrie's gloves from 25 yards out but it is well saved.

  • 71'

    Ben Amar comes off and Animasahun comes on.

  • 62'

    Right place, right time! It looked as if the chance was dead but Duffy latched onto the ball and the cross was sent into his own net by John Mahon.

  • 60'

    A fantastic through ball from Pat Hoban feeds Michael Duffy and his shot was well blocked by McGinty. What a save but what a move by Dundalk.

  • 53'

    Michael Duffy comes on for Han Jeong Woo.

  • 49'

    A deep cross was sent in and Figueira's header towards the goal is well saved by Cherrie.

  • 46'

    Melvyn comes on for Ryan De Vries in a halftime sub.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: A game that has been entertaining from the off, Sean Murray got Dundalk off the perfect start but the joy was short-lived as Johnny Kenny equalised for Sligo, Dundalk have got back in front and lead at the break thanks to Sean Murray's brace of goals.

  • 45'

    One added minute here in Oriel. Dundalk is in control of the ball and just happy to keep possession.

  • 40'

    We are entering the last five minutes of the half, Dundalk looking the most assured and hardworking as they have been in a long time, Sligo keeping pace and chase with the home side and look dangerous on the break. Johnny Kenny in particular looking always dangerous.

  • 33'

    Hearts in the mouth moment for Dundalk fans as a high ball is headed back to Peter Cherrie by Daniel Cleary, it falls short and with Johnny Kenny racing down Peter Cherrie charges forward and heads it clear. Calm and assured in the back line for Dundalk.

  • 32'

    Just the second time in his career that Sean Murray has scored twice in a game. The only double of his career prior to this came in a 3-1 win for Watford away to Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup on August 6th 2013

  • 28'

    A Sean Murray free-kick is sent into the area at the back post but Sloggett can't get his header on target and it goes wide.

  • 25'

    The ball is floated over the defence and Han latched onto it and hits a high shot that just goes over the bar.

  • 20'

    That man again and Dundalk are in front! A cross from Jurkovskis was only half-cleared and the ball fell to Sean Murray to hit a sweet shot past McGinty.

  • 14'

    Johnny Kenny has equalised, the ball was sent into the young striker and he broke free of the defence and held off Jurkovskis before slotting past Cherrie.

  • 11'

    What a fantastic goal! Sami Ben Amar with a pinpoint cross met the onrushing Sean Murray and he slams it home. The perfect start for Dundalk. That's his fourth goal in six games for the former Watford man.

  • 8'

    A dangerous cross from Han is met by the onrushing Ben Amar but he can\'t make the right connection, the second ball in from Will Patching is met on the head by Hoban but it goes behind him.

  • 4'

    Tentative opening from both sides, Johnny Kenny had a cross caught well by Cherrie but apart from that Dundalk and Sligo are just teasing this one out. Kenny looking busy up front and it looks as if Cleary will have his hands full tonight.

  • 1'

    We are underway! Figueira kicks the game off and the actions start in tonights match, Dundalk kicking towards the 'Carrick Road' end and Sligo are shooting towards the 'Town End'

  • Sligo Rovers and Dundalk have taken to the field, the flares are out and the fans are in good voice and support for the team, we are seconds away from kick off.

  • It’s two years ago next week - September 29th 2019 - since Dundalk last beat Sligo Rovers. Since then the sides have met 5 times with the Bit O Red winning 4, including a 2-1 win at The Showgrounds 10 days ago, and drawing one.

  • It’s a year ago today since Dundalk reached the Europa League play-offs with victory over Sheriff Tiraspol on penalties who this year made the Champions League stages. I still say that win over Sherrif was completely underestimated by all involved. This day last year Jurkovskis was also celebrating a Latvian Cup victory over Liepaja over BFC Daugavpils

  • Andy Boyle misses out for Dundalk once again tonight. It’s the first league game he has missed since being an unused sub for the game against Sligo Rovers here on the final day of last season last November. The Bit O Red won 2-0 that night.

  • Vinny Perth has made two changes from the side which beat Finn Harps here in the Cup on Tuesday night with Daniel Cleary and Han Jeong-woo returning in place of Mayowa Animasahun and Michael Duffy.

  • Good Evening from Oriel Park, following the heroics of the FAI Cup Quarter Final they are back in action as they look to secure a vital three points in the Premier Division.

Dundalk

14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
9Patrick Hoban Forward 63', 90'
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
13Raivis Jurkovskis 6 Defender
15Darragh Leahy Defender
16Sean Murray Midfielder 11', 20'
18Will Patching 31 Midfielder
21Daniel Cleary Defender
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
77Han Jeong-woo 7 Forward
12Cameron Yates Goalkeeper
6Sonni Nattestad 13 Defender
7Michael Duffy 77 Midfielder
22Ebuka Kwelele Forward
24Mayowa Animasahun Defender
31Mark Hanratty 18 Midfielder
37Enda Douglas Defender
39Jeff Nwodo Midfielder

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
3Colm Horgan Defender 72'
8Niall Morahan Midfielder
9Ryan DeVries 15 Forward
10Walter Figueira 12 Forward
17Adam McDonnell Midfielder
19Regan Donelon Defender
21John Mahon Defender 62'
24Johnny Kenny 11 Forward 14'
44Andre Wright 27 Forward
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
4Danny Kane Defender
11Seamus Keogh 24 Midfielder
12Mark Byrne (Sligo) 10 Midfielder
15Melvyn Lorenzen 9 Midfielder
18John Russell Midfielder
20Darren Collins Forward
23Scott Lynch Defender
27Romeo Parkes 44 Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 22)
2 - 1
Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Dundalk

(Series 10)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Sligo Rovers

3 - 4
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Sligo Rovers v Dundalk

(Series 1)
1 - 1
Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Dundalk

(Series 18)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Sligo Rovers

(Series 9)
3 - 1
Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Dundalk

Ground

Casey's Field (Oriel Park)
Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk No. 3 Urban, The Municipal District of Dundalk, County Louth, Leinster, A91 RC44, Ireland

Ciaran Callan is a part-time sports journalist based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He has more than 10 year’s experience working with media companies including both extensive radio broadcasting experience along with print and digital media reporting for the SSE Airtricity League as well digital media work with the national sports company eirSport. He joined FinalWhistle in February 2021 as is their main correspondent for Dundalk Football Club.