Darius furious as sloppy defending costs Lilywhites in Dalymount

Gavin McLaughlin

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Gavin McLaughlin

DUNDALK caretaker manager Darius Kierans could not mask his disappointment with his team’s defending in the 2-1 defeat to Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night.

DUNDALK caretaker manager Darius Kierans could not mask his disappointment with his team’s defending in the 2-1 defeat to Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night.

The Lilywhites conceded two sloppy goals in the space of 11 minutes before the break to leave them with a mountain to climb. That proved to be insurmountable, despite Michael Rafter’s 70th minute reply and Kierans blamed the defeat solely on his side’s defensive mistakes.

“I’m very disappointed. It took us maybe ten minutes to get to grips with Bohs but for the middle part of the first-half they didn’t cause us any problems. We were well in the game, I suppose without either team playing particularly well, but we gave away two very soft goals before half-time which is very disappointing from our point of view.

“The first one was a terrible goal to concede. Nathan Murphy could have closed the ball down out wide but he let Peter McMahon cross the ball in and Owen Heary is free at the back post causing us problems.

“It was bad conceding that one but then to concede another one, a minute before half-time, was very poor. They had a physical height advantage over us. We are down key bodies and we are missing a lot of players but it was slack marking.”

Kierans did take positives from the game, most notably his side’s improved display following Rafter’s strike.

“I was delighted with the character we showed in the second-half. There was more urgency about us and we were closing Bohs down a lot better. We came out and had a go and we might have got a draw out of it. It was a cracking goal by Michael Rafter, he is a great striker of the ball. He has had a rough time with injuries lately and I’m delighted for him.”