Thursday 22 March 2018

Barrett's double eases five-star Dundalk into semi-final

UCC 0 Dundalk 5

George Poynton, Dundalk, sprints ahead of UCC's Brian Murphy
George Poynton, Dundalk, sprints ahead of UCC's Brian Murphy
Dundalk's Anton Reilly is tackled late by Evan Brown, UCC
UCC's Evan Brown under pressure from Paul Finnegan, Dundalk Newsdesk Newsdesk

Dundalk ran out convincing winners of this EA Sports Cup quarter-final, easing past non-league UCC at the Mardyke last night.

Goals from Ciaran O'Connor, Jake Kelly, Paddy Barrett and Kurtis Byrne allowed Dundalk progress to the semi-final.

The game was only two minutes old when O'Connor opened the scoring by lobbing UCC goalkeeper Jason O'Mahony from near the sideline after a long ball out of defence.

UCC nearly equalised five minutes later when Jason Abbott's free-kick was headed wide by Kyle O'Shea.

Dundalk made 10 changes from the side that beat Derry last Friday with Paddy Barrett the sole survivor.

The lead was doubled on 13 minutes when Jake Kelly fired into the top corner of the net from inside the box.

O'Mahony made some fine saves to deny Byrne and John Mountney but Dundalk added another on 35 minutes with Barrett firing in from 25 yards into the top corner.

Barrett repeated the trick from 30 yards smashing it into the top corner 10 minutes after the break before Byrne fired another stunner to round things off.

UCC - O'Mahony; Gannon, O'Mahony, Hill, C Murphy; Sean O'Callaghan, Abbott, Murphy, O'Shea (Holmes 85), Calvin O' Callaghan (Mylod 71); Brown (M Murphy 85).

Dundalk - Sava; Reilly (Doherty 82), Finnegan, Barrett (Murphy 56), Grimes; Mountney, O'Connor, Poynton, Craven (Ubaezunonu 74)) Kelly; Byrne

Ref - D Keeler

Pat's mourn Dunne

The death has occurred of former Ireland international and St Patrick's Athletic legend Tommy Dunne.

Dunne, an outstanding defender, captained the Saints to FAI Cup wins in 1959 and 1961 and was the only skipper to have enjoyed the honour until Ger O'Brien led them to glory in November. O'Brien was one of the first to pay tribute to the popular Dubliner with the club setting up a meeting between the pair after the final.

He won three caps for his country in 1956, following in the footsteps of his father Jimmy Dunne who was a prolific goalscorer in England with Sheffield United and one of the heroes of Irish football before the Second World War.

Dunne also spent time with Shamrock Rovers, Sligo and Dundalk, winning a league title with the latter. He is survived by his wife Maura and children Gerard, Larry and Rachel. The funeral takes place tomorrow morning (10.00) in St Agnes's Church, Crumlin Village.

Irish Independent

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