Thursday 19 October 2017

Cassidy strike sets up derby semi-final for Drogs

Drogheda United 2 Finn Harps 0

SECOND-HALF goals from Declan O'Brien and David Cassidy secured a hard-fought victory for Drogheda as they booked a semi-final duel with Louth rivals Dundalk.

SECOND-HALF goals from Declan O'Brien and David Cassidy secured a hard-fought victory for Drogheda as they booked a semi-final duel with Louth rivals Dundalk.

But the Boynesiders made very hard work of it against a dogged Finn Harps side, who threatened to send this replay to extra-time even after going down to 10 men in the 71st minute.

O'Brien missed several first-half opportunities but came good five minutes into the second half when Harps failed to deal with Shane Grimes' ball into the box and, after Philip Hand mis-cued from point-blank range, O'Brien forced the ball home from four yards.

The play became increasingly scrappy after that and Harps' cause became harder on 71 minutes when right-back Damien McNulty received a second yellow card following a confrontation with Cassidy.

Ten-man Harps staged a late rally as Thomas McMonagle scraped the outside of the post with a stunning 35-yard drive, before Drogheda finally put the tie to bed in the second minute of stoppage-time.

Cassidy played the ball to Ryan Brennan who advanced on goal before returning the ball to Cassidy, who had a simple tap-in.

DROGHEDA UNITED – Schlingermann; Grimes, McNally, Prendergast, Hand; Byrne (Foley 74); Cassidy, O'Conor, Brennan; Hynes (Rusk 84), O'Brien.

FINN HARPS – Gallagher; McNulty, McMonagle, Cowan, Bonnar (Duffy 90+2); Funston, McGowan, Mailey, McCann; Forker (McVeigh 72), McHugh.

Ref – D Tomney (Dublin)

Irish Independent

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