Thursday 25 May 2017

Dundalk into quarter-finals after redressing penalty balance

Jamie McGrath (right) scored Dundalk’s winning penalty against UCD. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Jamie McGrath (right) scored Dundalk’s winning penalty against UCD. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Jamie Moore

EA Sports Cup holders St Patrick's Athletic joined champions Dundalk and league leaders Cork City in the quarter-finals on a night of penalty shootouts.

Shamrock Rovers, Longford Town, Waterford, Galway United and Sligo Rovers will make up the remainder of tomorrow's draw.

After all of Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny's talk about their lack of penalties this season, his team had seven of them at Oriel Park as they beat UCD 6-5 on spot kicks after a 1-1 draw.

UCD led through Gary O'Neill in the 17th minute before Conor Clifford's excellent equaliser with 14 minutes to go.

Ciaran Kilduff had earlier had his penalty in normal time saved by Niall Corbet. Jamie McGrath scored Dundalk's sixth kick meaning Yousef Mahdy had to score for UCD. He missed to send Dundalk into the last eight.

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Sub Graham Kelly scored the winner from the spot for St Pat's to earn to 6-5 win over Bray. A poor game ended 0-0 after extra time. Ryan Brennan had missed Bray's first effort from the spot.

Matthew Stevens' 90th-minute strike earned Sligo Rovers a 1-0 victory at Finn Harps, avoiding a third shootout of the night.

Galway United got a much needed victory too. Goals from Kevin Devaney and Vinny Faherty meant another defeat for Derry City, who haven't won since the tragic death of captain Ryan McBride.

Longford Town beat First Division rivals Shelbourne for the second time in four days. Having beaten Owen Heary's team 3-1 in the league on Friday, goals from two ex Shels players - Gavin Boyne and Dylan McGlade -helped them to another victory.

First Division leaders Waterford United continued their good run with a 2-0 win over Stephen Henderson's Cobh Ramblers at the RSC thanks to goals in each half from Dean O'Halloran and Derek Daly.

Irish Independent

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