Dundalk FC's Robbie Benson fires home his side's second in tonight's victory over Limerick FC at Oriel Park. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Dundalk FC 8-0 Limerick FC
The best of the West braved the Beast from the East at Oriel Park tonight as Patrick Hoban marked the first home start of his second spell with Dundalk FC by putting in a man of the match display.
Hoban struck twice in a first-half where the Lilywhites put Limerick to the sword in the snow, hitting the net four-times before Paul Tuite's half-time whistle. The striker's first, on seven-minutes, arrived 1,229 days since he last felt the goal-scoring sensation in a Dundalk jersey and, like the proverbial London bus, he brought up his brace just 18-minutes later.
Robbie Benson registered the goal of the night
Another of Dundalk's Western convoy, Stephen Folan, added a fourth with a header in first-half stoppage time as the Lilywhites - showing just the one change from their stalemate with Shamrock Rovers on Friday night, with Dylan Connolly replacing Jamie McGrath - went to the interval in total control.
It took substitute Karolis Chvedukas only
Dylan Connolly rounded Limerick 'keeper Brendan Clarke for his side's seventh and Duffy added an eighth with the last kick of the ball.
C'mon the Town!
Dundalk FC: Gary Rogers; Seán Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Stephen Folan, Dane Massey; Chris Shields (Karolis Chvedukas 60), Robbie Benson; Dylan Connolly, Ronan Murray (Krisztián Adorján 75), Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Marco Tagbajumi 67)
Subs not used: Gabriel Sava (gk), Seán Hoare, Dean Jarvis, Jamie McGrath
Limerick FC: Brendan Clarke; Shaun Kelly, Kilian Cantwell, Darren Dennehy, Shane Tracy; Eoin Wearen (Tony Whitehead 61), Shane Duggan; William Fitzgerald, Colm Walsh-O'Loghlen, Billy Dennehy; Connor Ellis (Mark O'Sullivan 61)
Subs not used: Tommy Holland (gk), Killian Brouder, Alan Murphy, Jeff McGowan
Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin)