Kilduff celebrates the winner with teammate Sean Gannon. Donall Farmer/INPHO
Dream Debut

Kilduff makes dream debut to snatch vital win for Dundalk

Kilduff scored the winner less than 10 minutes after coming off the bench.

Bray Wanderers 0

Dundalk 1

CHAMPIONS DUNDALK DUG deep to maintain their six point lead at the top of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division this evening with a 1-0 win away to Bray Wanderers.

New signing Ciaran Kilduff headed the winner 15 minutes from time on his debut, ending Bray’s impressive run of four wins in a row under new boss Mick Cooke.

Both sides made just one change coming into this evening’s meeting, Chris Shields replaced by Stephen O’Donnell for the champions, while Cooke gave Peter McGlynn a start in place of the injured Adam Hanlon.

After an even opening, it was Dundalk who started to gain control, but the final ball ultimately thwarted their attempts to find the back of the net, as David McMillan came close twice, in between a wasted effort from Bray’s Chris Lyons.

Bray stopper Peter Cherrie saved from Ronan Finn, while another McMillan chance was missed as he volleyed over the bar.

Bray made it into the break level, but it could have been much different, with both Drayl Horgan and Ronan Finn finding the woodwork. The half-time whistle was met with a sigh of relief from Mick Cooke.

Richie Towell and Daryl Horgan both came close after the break, but it took the introduction of Ciaran Kilduff to give the game it’s only goal, as he powered a header past the impressive Peter Cherrie less than 10 minutes into his career with Dundalk.

Bray almost had similar fortune with their substitutions, as Dave Scully forced Gary Rodgers into a great save 10 minutes from time as he got down low to keep out a header.

Stephen Kenny’s side held on to take the three points though, and with it maintain their six point lead at the top, after Cork City’s 4-0 win against Bohemians at Turners Cross.

Bray Wanderers:

Peter Cherrie, Hugh Douglas, Alan McNally, Niall Cooney, Michael Barker, John Sullivan, David Cassidy, Ryan McEvoy, Peter McGlynn (Gareth McDonagh, 76′), Graham Kelly, Chris Lyons (Dave Scully, 68′).

Unused subs: Dan O’Reilly, Adam Mitchell, Corey Chambers, Adam Wixted, Luke Fitzpatrick.


Gary Rogers, Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland, Andy Boyle, Stephen O’Donnell, Daryl Horgan, David McMillan (Ciaran Kiduff, 65′), Ronan Finn, (Chris Shields, 79′), Dane Massey, Richie Towell, Darren Meenan (John Mountney, 86′).

Unused subs: Gabriel Sava, Kurtis Byrne, Shane Grimes, Paddy Barret.

Referee: Graham Kelly

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