Wednesday 17 January 2018

Kilduff returns from fractured vertebrae to fire Dundalk into FAI Cup third round

Thirty two days after fracturing two vertebrae in an EA Sports Cup defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic, Ciaran Kilduff returned to action to seal Dundalk’s place in the third round of the FAI Cup.

There were more than a few eyebrows raised when the striker’s name appeared on the team sheets and 13 minutes after replacing David McMillan, he flew through the air to hammer home a Darren Meenan corner to finally see off Shelbourne.

Kevin Doherty’s side held out for 21 minutes before the natives made the breakthrough. Robbie Benson set Daryl Horgan free on the left and he checked back inside to lift a delightful right footed finish over Jack Brady.

Benson almost doubled the lead three minutes later but his header just cleared the crossbar.

Shels’ best chance came when Lorcan Shannon picked out Adam Collins with a free kick but the centre back couldn’t keep his header on target.

Brady kept Dundalk at bay in the second half but he had no answer to Kilduff’s effort, the Kilcock man acrobatically smashing home to mark his return with a bang.

DUNDALK: Sava; Gannon, Gartland, Barrett, Grimes; Shields, Benson (Poynton 87); Meenan, Finn, Horgan (O’Connor 89); McMillan (Kilduff 72).

SHELBOURNE: Brady; Boyne, Keeley, Collins (C Kavanagh 84), Kehoe; Shannon (Walshe 72), Doyle (Oguntola 81), O’Reilly, O’Connor, Doyle; English.

REF: Rob Rogers.

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