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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Late Sava save sees Dundalk through

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Kurtis Byrne scored Dundalk's second goal with a low drive from 20 yards. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Kurtis Byrne scored Dundalk's second goal with a low drive from 20 yards. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Dundalk booked their place in the semi-finals with a hard-fought win at the Brandywell.

The deadlock was broken on 27 minutes in sublime fashion after Raymond Foy had lost possession. Ex-Derry man Mark Griffin picked up the loose ball before feeding David McMillan and he unleashed an unstoppable 20-yard drive past City keeper Ciaran Gallagher.

City went close to levelling things on 54 minutes, but Tony McNamee's long range strike on the half-volley, flew just over Gabriel Sava's crossbar.

Another defensive mistake by City resulted in the second Dundalk goal. this time Danny Ventre lost possession in the dangerous zone and McMillan found substitute Kurtis Byrne, who drilled the ball low into the bottom left hand corner from 20 yards.

Derry did nab the goal of the night when Patrick McEleney twisted and turned before blasting home from 35 yards. Sava then came to his side's rescue in stoppage-time superbly tipping over Josh Tracey's strike.

The home side ended the tie with just nine men on the pitch and Dean Jarvis in goals, after Gallagher and Aaron Barry had to get helped off the pitch after a collision.

Derry – Gallagher, Collins, McEleney, Barry, Jarvis; Ventre, B McNamee (Duffy 78), Foy (P McEleney 58); R Curran, Patterson, T McNamee (Tracey 58).

Dundalk – Sava, Ward (Moutney 44), Higgins, Griffin (Finnegan 92), McMillan, Rossiter, Kelly, McDonald, Kaguako, O'Connor (Byrne 60), Poynton.

Referee – D McKeon (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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