Connolly’s Dundalk see out season with draw

Martin Connolly praised his Dundalk U19 side after they finished their season with a 0-0 draw against Derry City in Aileach on Saturday.

Martin Connolly praised his Dundalk U19 side after they finished their season with a 0-0 draw against Derry City in Aileach on Saturday.

That result leaves his side top of the Elite Division Promotion Play-Off Group for the time being having fulfilled all of their fixtures although Derry do have a game in hand.

“It would be very hard to criticise any of the players for the effort that they have put in this season,” he said of his team’s endeavours.

“There has been such a great improvement from all of the lads and we want to keep that going now so we will be looking to keep them busy over the next few months.”

Dundalk were the better side throughout, constantly forcing Derry on to the back foot and were the only side who created much of the real scoring chances with Ryan Davis in the Town goal reduced to essentially a spectator’s role.

Conor McDonald had a decent effort cleared off the line in the first half and that was followed up with Ciaran O’Connor almost going in on goal but his touch let him down at the last.

It was O’Connor who would be involved again in the second half by forcing a good stop from the goalkeeper despite the narrow angle.

He had a chance to win it for his side right at the death but elected to lob the onrushing goalkeeper when through one on one and the netminder pulled off the vital save.

DUNDALK U19: Ryan Davis; Manuel Kaguako, Paul Finnegan, Frank Osadebe, Calvin Murphy; Kevin Nolan (Craig Pentony), Georgie Poynton; Craig Doherty, Conor McDonald (C), Marfide Matondo (Cormac Boyle); Ciaran O’Connor.