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Late drama as champions Dundalk edge Wexford Youths

Stephen Kenny’s side found it difficult against their newly promoted opponents.

Updated at 23.19

DUNDALK MADE IT three wins from three in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division after a 2-1 win against a spirited Wexford Youths in Ferrycarrig Park on Monday night.

Goals from David McMillan and substitute Ciaran Kilduff were enough for the reigning champions after Stephen Last had levelled the game for the division’s newcomers.

After a quiet, eventless, start to the game, the visitors made their dominance and pressure count 11 minutes before half-time. Mountney used his pace down the right to glide past Ryan Delaney and his deep cross was headed home by David McMillan from inside the six-yard box for the opener.

Paddy Barrett had some good chances in the final seven minutes of the first half to double the lead, but he headed over on both occasions from inside the area. At the end other end, a mix up under a high ball almost had Wexford Youths in, but they couldn’t capitalise on the chance.

Two minutes after his introduction for the home side, Jonny Bonner had a good chance to level when he took a pass from Eric Molloy, but he couldn’t find a way past Gary Rogers from the edge of the area.

A continued spell of pressure saw Wexford Youths equalise with just nine minutes left on the clock. A string of set pieces proved fruitless, until Paul Murphy’s inswinging left-wing corner found Stephen Last, who headed past Rogers from close range.

But the teams were on parity for just three minutes, as the reigning champions re-took the lead. Dane Massey made progress down the left and he crossed for the unmarked Ciaran Kilduff to head what turned out to be the winner past Doyle, who had initially looked to have kept it out.

Wexford Youths: Doyle, Friel, Last, Grace, R Delaney (McCabe 76), Molloy, Ledwith, Wall, Mulligan (Bonner 63), Furlong, Murphy.

Dundalk: Rogers, Barrett, Gartland, Boyle, Massey, Mountney, Shields, Finn, Horgan, McEleney (Benson 79) McMillan (Kilduff 75).

Referee: Paul Tuite.

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