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mcloughlin nicks points for orient

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Little things can change a game. The bounce of a ball, the thickness of the crossbar or a freak goal.

One of the major turning points in this Gerry Ellis Cup encounter yesterday morning was the decision by Park Orient manager Glen Ledden to bring on substitute Paul McLoughlin.

Under normal circumstances the player would have started but because of a niggling injury he had picked it was decided not to start him.

It was scoreless at the break and Dublin Dynamo took the lead when Jurij Fedak found a way through before making the net dance. Then McLoughlin, who had come off the bench, made his contribution to the game slotting home the equaliser for Ledden's side.

Not only that he was also involved in the creation of what proved to be the winner when with Paul Gannon applying the coup de gras to ensure that Park Orient progressed to the next round.

It all made for a very satisfying afternoon's morning work for the Park Orient boys who are at the business end of Sunday Division 1 and who now have a place in the last eight of the Ellis Cup.

Manager Ledden was delighted with the way his charges worked on changing things around after a lacklustre opening 45 minutes.

"In the first-half we were all at sea, Dublin Dynamo had most of the play," he commented. "In the second-half we played a lot better as a unit, we won a lot of fifty, fifty balls.

"We played with a lot of heart and produced some decent football as well and in the final 10 minutes we shut down the game for a deserved win."

This was an enterprising team display from the Orient that must have pleased Glen Ledden and former regular Graham O'Neill who is now the assistant manager and is apparently doing a great job in that role.

Dublin Dynamo looked good for a place in the next round when they went ahead but then they were left reeling by Park Orient's two goals both of which were scored within a few minutes of each other.

The Dynamo side almost snatched a second goal when Serjei Chernyshev delivered a superb free that was heading for the top corner only for Park Orient goalkeeper Thomas Tynan to produce a wonder save.

Vitas Gabieta was picked out for an excellent performance. "We played with eneregy but just couldn't get the equaliser. We had a few chances," said Dublin Dynamo's Victor Ilnitskyy.

The Dynamo Dublin boys who are sponsored by Smiths of Phibsboro had gone close to victory but it was Ledden's lads who progressed to the next round.

Park Orient: Thomas Tynan; David Lynch, Steve Watson, Kevin Corcoran, Brian Kavanagh, Colm Daly, Paul Gannon, Dessie Quigley, Gavin Ivers, Jonaghan Rooney, Derek Brennan. Subs: Luke McAuley, Paul McLoughlin, Ciaran Fagan, Christoff Sulick, Ron Reilly.

Dublin Dynamo (squad): Mareks Kokenberg; Andrej Pumpa-Titov, Igor Prince, Vitas Gabieta, Aleksej Petrov, Pavel Smuriev, Vasil Saly, Bogdan Shlemkevych, Serjej Chernyshev, Victor Ilnitskyy, Viktor Virovets, Artem Kilshch (captain), Aleksandr Makarov, Timur Zatoka, Jurij Fedak. Manager: Andrej Abzhinov. Assistant: Igor Rakovski.