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Ryan happy in defeat

Thursday 11 September 2008: Oriel Park

John Ryan as we knew struggled with fielding a team last night – out were Austin O’Neill, Craig Mooney, Colin Osborne , Gregg Kilkenny (who has returned to the States)and Paul Donnolly.

If things were not bad enough Colin Murray injured himself in the warm up.

In came Charlie Treacy in goal, David Vickery at right full and Philly Hughes returned up front to partner Ciaran Kilduff.

John gave a debut to 17 year old Orrin Farrell on the left side of midfield- Orrin thus became the youngest player ever to start for County.

County were first to attack and it certainly did not look like a depleted side as Philly Hughes former Dundalk player got in behind the Dundalk defence only for Chris Bennion to come out and smother his shot.

Former County favourite Ben Whelehan’s scored his first goal for Dundalk when he opened his account after 21 minutes.

The opener, somewhat against the run of play, midway through the half was soon cancelled out by on-loan striker Ciaran Kilduff, who collected the ball on the half way line and his mazy run brought him into the Dundalk box.

With County supporters screaming for him to pass he unleashed a shot that with the benefit of a wicked deflection shot past Chris Bennion in the Dundalk goal for a deserving equaliser.

At this stage County were giving Dundalk a run for their money and despite their injuries were playing as good as I have seen all year.

Once again lady luck was not on County’s side as Dessie Baker appeared to be at least 5 yards offside as he gathered a pass from Paul Marney.

Although down the other end of the ground it appears that from the management and players reactions that Dundalk certainly got a “ home town” decision.

Baker however took his chance well and his experience showed as he was coolness personified as he slotted past Treacy in the County goal.

Following the resumption, Dundalk started the better and O’Connor went close to finding a two-goal cushion, only to see his shot deflected narrowly wide of the target. And they soon did get that buffer as Farrell finally got his first competitive goal for the club. After a cleared corner found its way back into the box, Duffy’s shot was blocked before Flanagan followed up. His effort was also denied before Farrell finally bundled the ball in from close-range.

Dundalk almost made it a fourth just before the hour-mark, however, Baker’s shot somehow stayed out, before the striker did get his second of the night seconds following that move when he had the easiest of tasks to find the net after a good knock-down from Farrell.

On 69 minutes, Baker should have had his hat-trick, however, after being put through by sub Tiarnán Mulvenna, he blasted over.

John Ryan was relatively happy after the game “I did not think it was a 4-1 scoreline, the first half was probably the best we played all season. Their second goal looked a mile offside and that goal really killed us off”

“Young Orrin Farrell made his debut and was exceptional – he is only 17 years of age and when you consider that we ended up with Eoin Powderly on the other wing another 17 year old while the other two midfielders Kavanagh and Slattery are only 20 years of age- the future is bright for Kildare.” said John.

John Gill was very complimentary to County after the game " I thought we deserved the win - we looked very nervous early on but fair play to County they battled well and I was impressed with some of the young players that John Ryan is bringing through"

DUNDALK FC (4-4-2): Chris Bennion; John Flanagan (Simon Kelly 70), Paul Marney Ben Whelehan, David Crawley (Shane Grimes 70); Jamie Duffy, David Cassidy, Paul Shiels, Davie O’Connor; Dessie Baker, Robbie Farrell (Tiarnán Mulvenna 64).
Goals: B Whelehan (21), D Baker (36, 58), R Farrell (52).
Booked: J Duffy (42).
Unused Subs: Aaron Shanahan (GK), Trevor Vaughan.

Charlie Treacy; Orrin Farrell, Glen Walsh, David Vickery, Baba Isaaka; David O’Connell (Eoin Kavanagh 61), Colin Fortune, Barry Slattery, Cathal Brady;(Eoin Powderly 82 mins) Philly Hughes (TrevorBowers 57), Ciaran Kilduff.
Goal: C Kilduff (24).
Booked: B Isaaka (51), D Vickery (78).Unused Subs: Ger Robinson,Colin Murray (replaced in the starting line-up by David Vickery before the game).

Referee: Rob Rogers (Dublin).
Attendance: Approx. 1,000.


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