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Dundalk remain in hunt for treble joy

Dundalk stayed on course on three trophy fronts with a 5-0 hammering of Wexford Youths at Oriel Park yesterday in the EA Sports Cup final.

Already six points clear at the top of the SSE Airtricity Premier League table, with First Division Galway FC standing in their way of a place in the last eight of the FAI Cup, Dundalk cruised into the League Cup final - the club's first in 19 years - by easing past Wexford at Oriel Park.

Stephen Kenny's starting XI yesterday included none of the players who began Friday's 2-1 win at Cork City but it still included players of real quality in Mark Rossiter, David McMillan, Keith Ward and Ruaidhri Higgins.

Higgins was part of the Derry City side that won the League Cup four years on the trot from 2008-11 and he was instrumental in booking another final appearance on September 20.


His corner led to the opener after 24 minutes, Marc Griffin profiting from slack marking to head home for his first of the season.

Ward joined him in getting off the mark with the second just before the break.

Higgins was again the architect, his quick free-kick catching the Youths back four cold. Ward collected, lifted his head and floated a delightful 20-yard chip over Graham Doyle.

Three more arrived without reply in the second half, with Ward at the centre of two.

He set up McMillan in the 77th minute, before his through ball enabled John Mountney to round Doyle for No 4.

McMillan lashed home the fifth from 25 yards in injury-time.