Sunday 18 February 2018

Dundalk turn on the style

Dundalk 4
Galway United 1
FAI Cup Round Three

A bloodied Simon Madden is checked by fourth official Rob Rogers at Oriel Park.
A bloodied Simon Madden is checked by fourth official Rob Rogers at Oriel Park.

Dundalk came from behind to run out convincing winners against Galway United at Oriel Park yesterday.

The hosts opened brightly and Galway 'keeper Greg Fleming did well to stop Marc Griffin and Mark Quigley early on before Shaun Kelly came to the Tribesmen's rescue by hacking Daniel Kearns' deflected effort off the line.

Sean Connor's men took the lead against the run of play in the 13th minute as Mikey Gilmore's pull-back was lashed home by Alan Murphy.

Their lead lasted just seven minutes, as Dean Bennett rose unchallenged to head a Kearns corner to the net, and the Lilywhites hit the front when Johnny Breen lifted a Griffin pass over the advancing Fleming on the stroke of half-time.

Dundalk never looked under threat as Galway failed to muster an attack of note after the break. The Premier Division's basement team were given a mountain to climb when they conceded a penalty in the 74th minute after Kearns was taken down.

Quigley duly converted before Kearns put the gloss on the win with a curling free-kick 60 seconds later, and Galway's Shaun Kelly was dismissed in stoppage-time.

DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Madden, Bennett, Guthrie, Gaynor; Kearns, Ward (Kerr 77), Bolger (Duffy 77), Quigley; Breen, Griffin.

GALWAY UNITED -- Fleming; Shaun Kelly, Sinnott, Maher, Walshe; Moore (Keogh 63), Sean Kelly, Curran (Cash 51), Ryan (G Kelly 76); Gilmore, Murphy.

REF -- P Tuite (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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