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O'Connor's late strike sends Lilies crashing

Published 18/08/2010 | 05:00

GORTAKEEGAN has never been the happiest of hunting grounds for Dundalk and so it proved again last night as Cathal O'Connor's 87th-minute winner sent Monaghan United into the final.

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Alan Byrne should have hit the target for the hosts with a free header in the 55th minute and 11 minutes later Sean Brennan cracked a 35-yard free-kick against the crossbar.

The vital goal came with the game stretched. O'Connor, a former Dundalk player, drilled a vicious left-footed effort past Peter Cherrie at his near post.

MONAGHAN UNITED --Sava; Collins, McMahon (Whelan 54), Gartland, Grimes; O'Connor, McCrossan, Byrne, Clancy; Brennan (Bermingham 71), Hughes (Hanaphy 79).

DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Madden, Miller, Burns (Hatswell 23), Kelly; Maher (McGuigan 70), Bennett, McDonnell; Kearns; Tipton, Lennon (Kuduzovic 70).

REF -- D Hancock (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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