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Brennan keeps his cool to send Drogs through

Drogheda United 1 Dundalk 1

GAVIN Brennan and Stephen Trimble were the spot-kick heroes for Drogheda as they knocked out Dundalk to reach the last four.

The Drogs dominated normal time and 30 minutes of extra-time, but a dogged Dundalk hung on to force penalties.

Eric Foley and Ryan Brennan netted in the shoot-out for the Drogs, with Chris Shields and Paul Walsh replying for the visitors, while 'keeper Trimble saved from John Mountney and Shane O'Neill, and Mark Griffin missed Dundalk's final kick, allowing Gavin Brennan to win it for Drogheda.

The Boynesiders dominated the first half and created a few clear-cut openings, with Tiarnan Mulvenna and Eric Foley firing wide from close range and Johnny Breen's shot being blocked by the feet of Dundalk 'keeper Peter Cherrie.

On 33 minutes the deadlock was broken when Chris Shields fouled Breen 25 yards out and Foley curled the free-kick past Cherrie.

It was still one-way traffic early in the second half and Cherrie was forced into fine saves from Mark O'Brien and Ryan Brennan, but just before the hour mark Dundalk levelled when Mark Griffin latched onto John Mountney's diagonal pass and rifled a powerful first-time shot beyond Trimble.

DROGHEDA UNITED -- Trimble; Quigley, Byrne, Crowley, Hand; Brady (R Brennan 62), M O'Brien (Marshall 73), Foley, G Brennan; Mulvenna, Breen (Hynes 68).

DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Walsh, Foran (Burns 45), Danville, Osborne; S McDonnell (O'Neill 83), Mountney, Shields, Watters (C McDonnell 46); Rafter, Griffin.

REF -- D Tomney.

Irish Independent