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Brilliant McEleney inspires Dundalk to win over Limerick

The Derryman somehow managed to better his strike from last week’s game in Sligo.

Patrick McEleney scored a wonderful goal.
Patrick McEleney scored a wonderful goal.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Dundalk  1
Limerick 0

Caoimhín Reilly reports from Oriel Park

PATRICK MCELENEY’S BRILLIANCE inspired Dundalk to a 1-0 victory over Limerick at Oriel Park this evening — a win which maintains the Lilywhites’ 100% start to the new league season.

The Derryman somehow managed to better his strike from last week’s game in Sligo to give the champions the lead 32 minutes in, a buffer which Stephen Kenny’s men did just enough to hold on to.

The victory sees Dundalk take maximum points from their opening three league games for the third consecutive season ahead of Monday’s trip to Buncrana to face Derry City.

The opening was even with half-chances coming and going for both teams – Limerick even had a penalty claim turned away after Niclas Vemmelund appeared to shunt Rodrigo Tosi in the back, but referee Robert Harvey waved play on.

Dundalk took control as the half progressed though and their opening goal arrived in spectacular fashion. McEleney capitalised on Stephen Kenny’s (the Limerick winger) miscontrol before unleashing a wicked 30-yard left-footer into the top-corner, leaving Hall helpless in the visitor’s goal.

To their credit, Limerick had largely the better of the second-half as Dundalk appeared content with their slender lead.

Despite Ciaran Kilduff almost doubling their advantage minutes after the interval, following a goalmouth scramble, it was Limerick who forged the clearer opportunities with Tosi coming closest with a header which Sava gathered.

Martin Russell’s men spent the majority of the last 10 minutes camped in Dundalk’s half and had a flurry of set-pieces, the last of which saw Hall, up from the back, head wide as Limerick went down to their first defeat of the season.

DUNDALK: Sava, Gannon, Gartland ©, Barrett, Vemmelund, Clifford, Benson, McGrath (Mountney 66), McEleney, Duffy (Shields 81), Kilduff (Stewart 74)

LIMERICK: Hall, Kelly, Whitehead, Williams, Robson, Lynch, Duggan ©, O’Conor (Coughlan 77), Kenny (Turner 61), Tosi, Clarke (Ogbene 82)

Referee: Robert Harvey

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