• Mon, Apr 14, 2008 @ 8:19

The 2nd half Dundalk started the brighter and Woods should have done better converting Hutchinson's cross, but shoots tamely.

The Louth lads had a great chance to equalize when in the 9th minute they were awarded a freekick just outside the box in a central position. Billy Smith's fierce strike was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Pats keeper Mark Gibbons.

The resultant corner caused panic in the Pats defence and box when Gibbons failed to collect. In the resultant scramble the Dundalk players claimed the ball had crossed the line but the flag was never raised and it was cleared.

Dundalk were now in the ascendancy and pressing for an equalizer, Sean Conlon saw a strong header go narrowly wide. Pat's Dowling made a great interception as Woods was peeling off at the back post. The big centre half just managed to knock the ball away to safety with Woods waiting to pounce.

Poor passing on the edge of the Pats' box allowed the ball to be intercepted and Gary Clark's blistering shot was wonderfully tipped - one handed - over the bar by the acrobatic Gibbons. A magnificent save.

Poor defending at the resultant corner gave Dundalk the opportunity to equalize and their big number 6 Gerard Connolly slammed the ball home totally unchallenged, 1-1.

Dundalk keep pressing as Billy Woods is determined to get on the scoresheet and Graham Dowling is determined he won't. The lightening fast Woods is played through but Dowling is magnificent in the tackle. Moments later Woods peels away and shoots but Dowling blocks and clears again.

Dundalk keep looking for a winner as Haran plows a lonely furrow up front for Pats.

continued in Part 3

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