Kinsella inspires Dundalk
Dundalk 3 Waterford 0
Stephen Kenny hailed the ability of Steven Kinsella after the teenager helped Dundalk into the semi-finals.
The 18-year-old - who is on loan from Everton - was a key player in a turnaround that was instigated by the introduction of first-choice winger Michael Duffy.
Prior to that, a Dundalk side featuring eight changes from the team which lost in Galway last Friday toiled.
The reshuffle saw Kinsella move to the right and he sent in a pair of crosses that led to goals, with Ciaran Kilduff converting the first and then nodding the second into the path of Thomas Stewart.
Conor Clifford finished off the First Division promotion challengers with a cracking shot from outside the box.
"Steven was the shining light. He rose above the mundane nature of the match," said Kenny, who insisted that fans still have a lot to be enthusiastic about even though the champions have fallen 12 behind runaway league leaders Cork.
"I still think there's a lot of talent in the team," he said, "We brought a lot of fellas in who we felt could add something to the club. There was no guarantee they would all hit the ground running."
Dundalk - Sava, Dalton (Duffy 55), Vemmelund, Barrett, Massey; Shields (Hoare 80), Clifford; Mountney, Stewart, Kinsella (McGrath 83); Kilduff
Waterford - Connor, Lynch, McClean, Mulcahy, Daly; Evans, Smith; McEvoy (Comerford 63), McAlavey (Walsh 75), O'Connor; McDaid (O'Sullivan 63)
ref - N Doyle (Dublin)