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Foster hails Dundalk's comeback

DUNDALK manager Ian Foster hailed the character of his players as they became the first club to seal a place in this season's Setanta Cup semi-finals last night.

A Ross Gaynor equaliser nine minutes from time gave Dundalk a 1-1 draw at home to Glentoran but all the hard work was done in the away leg in Belfast where Mark Quigley's goal gave the Lilywhites a 1-0 win so Dundalk advance 2-1 on aggregate.

"I'm delighted we're in the semi-finals," said Foster.

"No matter who we get in the semis it will be tough but we'd love to get to a final."

The game exploded into life when Glentoran were awarded two penalties in the space of six minutes before the hour-mark, Andrew Waterworth blazing the first one over the bar before Matthew Burrows scored and put Glentoran level on aggregate.

"We showed great character to come back from a goal down," added Foster.

Meanwhile, Cliftonville are also into the semi-finals of the Setanta Cup after an amazing win over Belfast neighbours Crusaders, the Reds winning 6-4 on the night last night and 10-6 on aggregate.