Tuesday 25 July 2017

Mcdonnell kept tie in the balance

SUB Stephen McDonnell salvaged a draw for 10man Dundalk last Tuesday in Oriel Park as they came from behind to leave the outcome of the Promotion/ Play-off on a knife-edge.


Waterford had won 13 straight away games going into the first leg, but somewhat against the run of play, the hosts hit the front on 22 minutes when Stephen Maher set Chris Reilly free down the left and the young winger drove into the box before squaring for Lorcan Shannon to sweep the ball home from close range.

But just after the halfhour Dundalk were reduced to 10 men when Maher's petulant kick-out at Peter Higgins saw him red-carded.

Waterford were level on 49 minutes when Sean Maguire's delivery was met by Paul Phelan who got in front of Mark O'Brien to head beyond Peter Cherrie. And on the hour mark the Blues were ahead when Dylan Mernagh's teasing delivery went over Chris Shields and onto the head of sub Ben Ryan, who gave the keeper no chance.

However, Dundalk levelled 15 minutes from time when Michael Rafter moved out of the way for McDonnell who drove a shot from distance beyond Packie Holden. DUNDALK: Peter Cherrie; Mark O'Brien, Chris Shields, Liam Burns (Paul Whelan 12), Eoghan Osborne; Lorcan Shannon, Stephen Maher, John Mountney, Chris Reilly (Stephen McDonnell 46); Michael Rafter (Nathan Murphy 85), Mark Griffin. Subs not used: Conor McDonald, Robbie Gaul, Barry Conlon, William Woods. Booked: Griffin (36), McDonnell (47) Sent off: Maher (27) WATERFORD UTD: Packie Holden; Paul Carey, David Breen, Craig Burns, Dylan Mernagh; Paul Phelan, Gary Dempsey, Peter White, Peter Higgins (Ben Ryan (59); Sean Maguire, Peter Keegan (Daragh Walshe 46). Subs not used: Aidan McGrath, Jack Doherty, Jamie Cross, Conor Coad, Robbie Hughes. Booked: White (52) REF: Paul McLaughlin (Monaghan) ATTENDANCE: 1,500

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