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Tuesday 27 June 2017

Gaynor edges Lilywhites into semi-final

Dundalk 1,
Glentoran 1,
(Dundalk win 2-1 on agg)
Setanta Cup

Dundalk players remonstrate with referee Richie Winter
Dundalk players remonstrate with referee Richie Winter

Ross Gaynor was Dundalk's hero last night as his 80th-minute goal booked the Lilywhites a place in tomorrow's semi-final draw.

Gaynor finished off a slick move involving Keith Ward and Mark Quigley to level the score on the night and edge Dundalk through 2-1 overall.

The Glens were making their first competitive appearance at Oriel Park, and crowd congestion outside meant kick-off was delayed by 10 minutes. When the game eventually began it chugged along at pedestrian pace.

Dundalk, with a one-goal advantage from the first leg at the Oval, opened cautiously but they seized the initiative midway through the half and Quigley, the star of their Setanta Cup campaign to date, fired a warning shot in the 24th minute when he scooped over after neat set-up play by Jason Byrne.

It was the Belfast side who went closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half, however. Grant Gardiner's 37th-minute effort took a deflection off Shane Guthrie but just when it looked like Peter Cherrie was beaten, the Scottish 'keeper managed to raise a hand and tip the ball onto his bar and away for a corner.

Glentoran had a glorious opportunity to level the tie in the 53rd minute when Guthrie was deemed to have handled in the area but Andrew Waterworth blazed his penalty over the bar.

They were given a second chance six minutes later. Daryl Fordyce's blockbuster was too hot for Cherrie to handle. Matty Burrows reacted quickest, drawing a foul from the 'keeper before dusting himself down to guide home a fine penalty.

The tie exploded into life with Colin Hawkins seeing a header kiss the crossbar for Dundalk before Byrne had a penalty appeal waved away.

Glens defender Johnny Taylor was red-carded in the 77th minute before Gaynor popped up with the vital strike.

DUNDALK -- Cherrie, Madden, Hawkins, Guthrie, N Murphy; Kearns, Bolger (Maher 65), Ward, Quigley; Gaynor, Byrne.

GLENTORAN -- Morris, McGovern, Ward, Taylor, Hill; Clarke, Fordyce (Nixon 83), Callacher, Gardiner; Waterworth, Burrows.

REF -- R Winter (Dublin).

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