Sunday 22 April 2018

Dundalk do the minimum

Crumlin United 1 Dundalk 3

Dundalk's Steven Kinsella celebrates after scoring his side's third goal against Crumlin United. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Dundalk's Steven Kinsella celebrates after scoring his side's third goal against Crumlin United. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Newsdesk@Independent.ie

While manager Stephen Kenny may not have been overly impressed by how they did it, Dundalk always had a little too much for non-league Crumlin United at Iveagh Grounds on Saturday as they progressed to tonight's FAI Cup quarter-final draw.

Ger Rowe wasted a chance for the LSL side before Dundalk took a 19th-minute lead, striker David McMillan heading in Michael Duffy's free-kick.

Crumlin's Jake Donnelly in action against Sean Hoare of Dundalk. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Crumlin's Jake Donnelly in action against Sean Hoare of Dundalk. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Crumlin hit back three minutes later, though, with a terrific direct free-kick from Jake Donnelly.

Central defender Sean Hoare restored Dundalk's lead on 32 minutes, striking a sublime shot from distance to the corner of 'keeper Michael Quinn's net.

Having saved two penalties in their first round win at Wexford, Quinn saved another here when batting an 88th-minute spot kick from McMillan onto a post.

Substitute Steven Kinsella added Dundalk's third goal in stoppage time with a first time volley from Duffy's cross.

"Overall, we were below par, but we did enough to get through," said Kenny.

"I think you have to give full credit to Crumlin who made it hard for us and negated space.

"We were careless after scoring the first goal, to concede a goal the way we did. We gave the ball away twice leading up to the free-kick. It was a goal we could have easily prevented."

Crumlin United: Quinn; Barrett, Murray, G. Murphy, Mandangu (D. McGuinness 80); C.Murphy, Vickery, Walsh, Hurley (Simpson 61); Donnelly (Dixon 90), Rowe.

Dndalk: Rogers; Gannon, Hoare, Vemmelund, Grimes; Shields; Connolly (Kinsella 72), McEleney (Ubaezuonu 90), Stewart (Clifford 69), Duffy; McMillan.

Ref: PTuite (Dublin).

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