Dundalk FC's Karolis Chvedukas celebrates scoring against Warrenpoint this afternoon. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Dundalk FC 4-0 Warrenpoint Town
Dundalk FC recorded a facile 4-0 victory over Warrenpoint Town at Oriel Park on Sunday afternoon.
Recent recruits Karolis Chvedukas, Krisztián Adorján, Sam Byrne and Marco Tagbajumi got their names on the scoresheet as Stephen Kenny made good use of the outing.
'Skipper Stephen O'Donnell returned for his first match since November's FAI Cup final, banking over an hour and typically running the show alongside the again impressive Chvedukas in midfield. Brian Gartland, Seán Hoare and Dean Jarivs also returned from injury to get precious game time under their belts ahead of Friday night's crunch league fixture with Cork City.
An inexperienced Irish League outfit posed little threat in what was former Dundalk player Stephen McDonnell's first match since taking interim charge. The Down side also had three locals in their line-up with Anton Reilly, Deane Watters and Emmet Hughes facing their former club.
Lithuanian Chvedukas broke the deadlock just shy of the half-hour mark, looping a pinpoint cross from Jamie McGrath beyond Warrenpoint 'keeper Johnny Parr.
Adorján made it 2-0 ahead of the break having found himself with an open goal before Sam Byrne neatly rounded Berat Turker - in for Parr at half-time - to slot home goal number three early in the second-period.
However, the best finish of the lot was Tagbajumi's who opened his Dundalk account by guiding Georgie Poynton's precision delivery to the bottom corner.
The pace of the game dropped considerably thereafter as both sides went through the motions with Gartland and Tagbajumi seeing efforts fly off target.
Dundalk FC: Gabriel Sava; Georgie Poynton, Brian Gartland, Seán Hoare, Dane Massey; Karolis Chvedukas, Stephen O'Donnell; Jamie McGrath, Krisztián Adorján, Sam Byrne; Marco Tagbajumi
Subs used: Adam Finnegan, Karl Fitzsimons, Pablo Amonade
Warrenpoint Town: Johnny Parr, Stephen Moan, Anton Reilly, Danny Wallace, Emmet Hughes, Jordan Dane, Conall McGrandles, Deane Watters, Alan Davison, Andy Fox, Darius Roohi
Subs used: James Magowan, Marcus Greenfield, Berat Turker (gk)
Referee: Colin Halligan