Walsh 3, Sheehan 86
Thursday 26th June 2008
Paul Walsh and Gary Sheehan goals in either half put another huge dent in Dundalk’s First Division title hopes as Limerick shocked the hosts at Oriel Park last night.
After only 3 minutes a short back pass from Ian Ryan saw goalkeeper Chris Bennion caught in no man’s land as Gary Sheehan headed over him only for his effort to come back off the crossbar.
The danger was far from clear, however, as Walsh volleyed home from the rebound to give the Limerick the best possible start, this was also Walshes first goal for Limerick.
Limerick were all over Dundalk in the early stages and were unlucky not to go further in front six minutes later when captain Ben Whelehan almost headed a cross from Walshe into his own net.
Michael Kerley’s side comfortably kept the hosts at bay for the majority of the first half with the Oriel Park outfit’s only real goal chance coming three minutes before the break when Jamie Duffy volleyed inches wide after latching onto Paul Crowley’s flick on.
Sheehan should have made sure of the win on 54 minutes when he seized on another mistake at the back by Ryan but he pulled his effort wide in what was a major let off for Dundalk.
The hosts almost rescued themselves an undeserved share of the spoils on the hour mark when an inviting cross from the left was met by the inrushing Jamie Duffy but his shot was pushed around the post by goalkeeper Dave Ryan.
Dundalk put Limerick under some pressure on as the clock wore down but on a Limerick breakaway Walshe slipped Sheehan through with the striker cooly slotting past Bennion for his first of the season to seal the win.
Limerick’s new signings look like making a big difference for the remainder of the season and with Tommy Barrett back from Honeymoon sealing up the defence and Paddy Purcell due back in a couple of weeks, Limerick will now hope to push right up the table.
Dundalk: Bennion; Marney, Ryan (Grimes 56), Whelehan, Crawley; Duffy, Shiels, Crowley, O’Connor (Smyth 74); Vaughan, Martin (Mulvenna 60).
Limerick 37: Ryan; Daly, Barrett, Danagher, Cleary; Walsh, Hughes, Colbert, Ryan (Harrington 74) (Quinlivan 93); Manjor (Goggin 77), Sheehan.
Referee: Darren Coombes (Dublin).