Thursday 20 June 2019

No charity shown to UCD

Dundalk 3 UCD 1

James Rogers

Dundalk's players and staff donated their wages from last Monday night's game to Temple Street Children's Hospital but they were not as charitable towards opponents UCD as goals from Brian Gartland, John Mountney and Georgie Kelly saw them book their place in the last four of the EA Sports Cup.

The old League Cup is the only trophy not currently residing at Oriel Park but the Lilywhites will have a chance to rectify that in the coming months with this win setting up a home semi-final clash with Bohemians on Bank Holiday Monday August 5th. Holders Derry City will meet Waterford FC in the other semi.

Kick-off for this game had been delayed by 10 minutes following an accident on the M1 but Vinny Perth's side wasted little time in taking the lead as Gartland headed in from Mountney's corner after just seven minutes.

The Louth men then doubled their advantage on 18 minutes when Cameron Dummigan's ball played Mountney in on goal with the Mayo man keeping his composure to slot past Gavin Sheridan.

Dundalk had plenty of chances to add to their advantage after that with Lido Lotefa and Mountney both hitting the woodwork but they were forced to survive a nervy finish after Collie O'Neill's side pulled a goal back 11 minutes from the end. There appeared little danger when Conor Davis pulled the trigger but Daniel Cleary's block was seized upon by Yoyo Mahdy who squeezed a shot past Aaron McCarey to make it 2-1.

The result was ensured in the first minute of stoppage time, however, when Kelly slotted home the rebound after Sheridan had saved from Lotefa.

Dundalk: McCarey; Dummigan (Hand HT), Gartland, Cleary, Massey; Mountney, Jarvis (Shields 72); D Kelly, Flores (Gannon 81), Lotefa; G Kelly.

UCD: Sheridan; Tobin, Collins, Scales, Doyle (Ryan 87), McDonald (Dignam 40), O'Neill, O'Farrell, McClelland; Davis, Mahdy.

Referee: D Dunne (Dublin).

The Argus