Three points banked and no injuries for Dundalk as they set off for Alkmaar. Credit to Finn Harps as they defended well for large parts of the game. Niall Newberry is just putting the finishing touches to his report which is sure to be an excellent read!
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And it would have been made in UCD as Benson and Finn linked up with some intricate play around the edge of the Finn Harps box but Cowan stood up well and blocked the effort.
The twinkling feet of the forward bought him a yard of space 25 yards out but his piledriver whistled over the crossbar.
Dundalk- Finn is behind Kilduff and Shiels is wide right
FInn Harps- Coyle is in midfield
Daryl Horgan scores for Dundalk. Good work down the right by Dundalk resulted in the ball landing at the feet of Daryl Horgan and he smashed it home from ten yards.
2053 for a Monday night fixture isn't bad at all
GALLAGHER TO THE RESCUE AFTER A SENDING OFF!
The keeper shuts down Mc Eleney from close range, moments after getting booked for timewasting. Incidentally, Ollie Horgan was sent off for protesting the decision to yellow card his keeper.
Close from the Dundalk skipper as he heads Mc Eleney's corner over the bar.
Cowan's tame header from an inswinging free kick is easily saved by Rogers
The Shed start singing but it's somewhat reflective of Dundalk's play this evening as it's a little indistinct and not getting too many patrons excited.
From the free kick, awarded after Cowan felled Mc Eleney 30 yards out, Mountney's effort breezes over the crossbar.
A serious lull here following that injury which appears to have been muscular but it's difficult to tell from wherewe are sitting. It's been a very flat second half so far but hopefully it will pick up soon.
Long stoppage for the injury to Keating who has disappeared down the tunnel on a stretcher. Scully gone straight up front.
A frustrating first half for Stephen Kenny's troops as they completely dominated the game but could only convert one of their chances. I'd expect changes soon.
Meanwhile, Ollie Horgan will be delighted with their defensive showing so far and the efforts of Mc Namee in midfield. While up front, Ruari Keating has contested well and won his fair share of headers.
An uncomfortable half lies in wait for Dundalk unless they can grab an early goal to widen their lead.
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Paddy Barrett's header from Mc Eleney's inswinging freekick crashes off the bar and into the hands of a relieved Gallagher.
The locals are growing restless at Dundalk's inability to run directly at their opponents as the preferred option is to drag the Harps defence across the field before attempting to pick holes. It's not working so far.
John Mountney falls over in the box as he skies a shot wide following good Dundalk pressure. It's turned into a possession procession here.
It looks like Harps are in a 5-4-1 formation with Josh Mailey and Coll as the full backs who are certainly not overlapping at the moment. Nor, given the nature of this game so far, does it look like they will.
Neat midfield play from the big central midfielder as he attempts to thread a ball through to Mc Millan but it skids away on the surface and Gallagher collects well.
Referee Neil Doyle has already spoken to Finn Harps netminder Gallagher about the need to speed up his goalkicks. That tells you a lot about the type of match we've had so far! It could be a long night for the keeper who's pulled off a few decent stops so far.
It's starting to drizzle rain here to further dampen the spirits of the away fans who have had a tough start to the match. Another shot rains in on Gallagher as he parries Horgan's effort around the post.
Shields and Mc Millan set up Mountney on the edge of the area but Gallagher sprawls low to divert his effort wide. Decent save from the keeper.
One Way Traffic!
Dundalk are bossing this game early doors with a succession of crossfield passes to open up the Harps defence. Horgan spins on the edge of the box but Gallagher is down low to deny the Galwegian.
Great finish from Mc Eleney as he dribbled along the edge of the penalty area from left to right before dragging a shot low to Gallagher's right and into the corner of his net!
Tactics Truck Alert!
Dundalk in their usual 4-2-3-1 while Finn Harps have started with a 4-5-1.
Gallagher launches himself upwards to flip a deflected effort over his crossbar and then claws away the corner. Busy man so far!
Finn Harps haven't played 90 minutes since August 26th following last week's abandoned fixture v Sligo Rovers. That August game was a two nil defeat at home to Shamrock Rovers and Ollie Horgan has made several changes to that starting lineup. Gallagher replaces Brush in goals, Ethan Boyle is suspended, Barry Molloy is unavailable, Sean Houston is injured and Adam Hanlon doesn't make tonight's squad. Into the starting XI come Ryan Curran, Josh Mailey and Tommy Mc Monagle while Mack Coyle is named on the bench.
The teams are in and available on your screen right now. Stephen Kenny has made wholesale changes with only Barrett, Benson and Shields retaining their places in the starting XI following Friday night's FAI Cup victory over UCD. Alan Keane and the O'Connor brothers drop out of the squad along with U19 regulars Keith Dalton and Carlton Ubaezuono.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Live Updates from Oriel Park. Tom O'Connor at the controls here tonight alongside Niall Newberry and both teams are warming up. No sign of team news yet but as soon as we get it you'll be first to know!