Dundalk and Cork City widened the gap between themselves and the rest of the Premier Division on Tuesday night, with victories over Limerick and Sligo Rovers respectively.
Stephen Kenny’s side trounced Limerick 8-0 earlier in the season, and were expected to have too much for the Super Blues in the first return encounter in Markets Field. Although it didn’t quite live up to the scoreline in that last meeting of these two sides, Dundalk still ran out comfortable winners.
The Lilywhites wasted little time in breaking the deadlock, John Mountney socring the first with eight minutes on the clock. Dundalk doubled their lead on the half-hour mark via Pat Hoban, the striker netting his seventh of the campaign to join Graham Burke and Kieran Sadlier at the top of the scoring charts.
Michael Duffy virtually ended the tie as a contest less than ten minutes into second half, firing home Dundalk’s third of the match. The win keeps Kenny’s men two points clear at the top, with a deeply impressive ten clean sheets from eleven games.
At Turner’s Cross, meanwhile, Cork City didn’t have it quite their won way against Sligo Rovers, but dug deep to get the win in the end. With the suspended John Caulfield watching on from the PA box, he and Sligo counterpart Gerard Lyttle were both looking to build on wins from last weekend.
City had plenty of the ball but the Bit o Red’s defence held out throughout – even posing of a threat themselves despite the surprise decision to leave Adam Morgan on the bench.
The deadlock was finally broken with just over ten minutes left to play; Jimmy Keohane, a replacement for Gearoid Morrissey just minutes earlier, volleyed home after fine work from Colm Horgan. Against the backdrop of a tense final few minutes, City maintained their 100% record at home this season – keeping them within touching distance of Dundalk in the process.
Premier Division Results:
Cork City 1-0 Sligo Rovers
Limerick 0-3 Dundalk