Saturday 17 March 2018

Kudozovic deflection fires Dundalk past Blues

LAST season's beaten finalists Waterford United bowed out of the League Cup, losing to top-flight league leaders Dundalk at the RSC last night as a Faz Kudozovic deflected effort gave the men from Oriel Park a place in the semi-final.

Waterford took the lead on 33 minutes when Liam Kearney got on the end of a James O'Sullivan cross at the back post and after turning provider for Willie John Kiely, the striker fired past Dundalk 'keeper Peter Cherrie at the second attempt.

It looked as if the home side would go in leading at the half time break, but that was all to change in injury time when Alan Cawley whipped in a left-wing corner kick that found the head of Wayne Hatswell and, after he flicked the ball to the back post, Stephen Maher was on hand to bundle the ball over the line.

Dundalk went in front on 66 minutes when Kudozovic latched onto a flick from Ross Gaynor and when his left-footed shot took a wicked deflection off Waterford defender Paul Carey, the ball looped over the head of 'keeper Chris Konopka to end up in the top corner of the net.

It took a superb save from Dundalk netminder Cherrie to keep the sides level on 77 minutes when O'Sullivan played the ball in for Vinny Sullivan but although he only had the visiting 'keeper to beat, Cherrie stood tall to save brilliantly with his legs.

As Waterford tried to walk the ball into the back of the Dundalk net during the final 10 minutes, the experience of Dundalk saw them hold out to book their place in the draw for the semi-final, while the Blues were left to concentrate on the FAI Cup and their promotion bid to Premier League.

Waterford United -- Konopka, Carey, Long, Murray, J Kearney, O'Sullivan, McCarthy (Dunphy 83), Hayes, L Kearney, Kiely, Sullivan (Keane 79).

Dundalk -- Cherrie, Hatswell, Miller, G Breen, Cawley, Kudozovic (Breen 73), Gaynor, Murphy, McGuigan, McGowan (Mulvenna 76), Maher.

Ref - G Kelly (Cork)

Irish Independent

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