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Premier Division

  • 3 May 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Carlisle Grounds, Bray
  • Referee: D. McKeon
  • • Attendance: 750

Bray Wanderers 0-1 Dundalk - Hoban header gives Lilywhites narrow victory

Bray Wanderers 0-1 Dundalk - Hoban header gives Lilywhites narrow victory

Barry Cregg

The Lilywhites recorded another victory to extend their away run, as Pat Hoban's second-half header proved the difference at the Carlisle Grounds

Dundalk came into the game high in confidence on the back of four successive away victories. A terrific second-half performance by the visitors maintained their excellent run, with Pat Hoban scoring the game's only goal.

It was a tentative first half of football, both sides gave away the ball too easy in the early stages. There were very few incisive forward passes. Jason Byrne did provide an outlet for Wanderers. He held the ball up well, providing space for Kieran Marty Waters and John Mulroy to run in to.

Stephen Kenny brought on Darren Meenan and Kurtis Byrne at half-time. It was a tactical master stroke. Meenan and Byrne provided much needed width and Keith Ward moved into the middle of the park to get on the ball. Dundalk stretched the inexperienced Bray defence right from the off in the second period.

The breakthrough came in the 51st minute through a Meenan corner. Meenan's ball floated into the area, and Pat Hoban found himself free in the box to head home.

A sustained period of pressure from the away side followed. Dundalk looking particularly dangerous with Meenan and Ward providing the ammo from the set pieces.

Bray produced a couple of chances late on as they went in search of the equaliser. Ismael Akinade came close after a goal mouth scramble and a few minutes later David Webster drilled a close range free-kick over the bar.

Dundalk closed off the game comfortably to move onto 21 points, already exceding their tally for the whole of last season.