Thursday 19 April 2018

Dundalk cruise into semi-finals of the EA Sports Cup

Dundalk 3 Waterford 0

Ciaran Kilduff
Ciaran Kilduff
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Dundalk moved into the semi finals of the EA Sports Cup with a strong second half display to see off Waterford at Oriel Park.

The league champions were sluggish before the interval against the First Division side as they looked to bounce back from another league defeat in Galway on Friday.

Stephen Kenny made eight changes to his side, and they stepped it up a notch after the interval with a tactical switch following the 55th minute introduction of first choice winger Michael Duffy proving crucial.

Everton loanee Steven Kinsella was switched to the right - with John Mountney reverting to central midfield - and Dundalk started to find some space with a pair of Kinsella crosses leading to goals.

His first effort was dispatched by the head of Ciaran Kilduff who showed good awareness the next time around to steer the ball into the direction of Thomas Stewart who did the rest from close range.

Waterford did have chances to halve the deficit, with Gabriel Sava saving a Tom Smith thunderbolt - although the stand-in netminder did have a lucky escape when a fumble from a cross trickled just wide of the post.

The Blues could not build on that period of pressure and shipped another when Duffy teed up Conor Clifford who found the top corner with a superb right footer from the edge of the box.

It means the Lilywhites join runaway league leaders Cork and Galway in the semi-final draw with Shamrock Rovers and Longford meeting in the other quarter final tomorrow evening.

Dundalk – Sava, Dalton (Duffy 55), Vemmelund, Barrett, Massey; Shields (Hoare 80), Clifford; Mountney, Stewart, Kinsella (McGrath 83); Kilduff

Waterford – Connor, Lynch, McClean, Mulcahy, Daly; Evans, Smith; McEvoy (Comerford 63), McAlavey (Walsh 75), O'Connor; McDaid (O'Sullivan 63)

ref – N Doyle (Dublin)

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