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Sunday 18 February 2018

McMillan brace sinks Seasiders

Bray Wanderers 0 Dundalk 3

David McMillan, Dundalk
David McMillan, Dundalk

Dundalk avenged last month's league loss to Bray as they cruised into the quarter-finals.

After thrashing Cork 4-0 last Friday at Oriel Park to go top of the Premier Division, and with Saturday's Setanta Cup final with Sligo in mind, manager Stephen Kenny chose to field a whole new starting 11 at the seaside.

Midfielder Keith Ward made his long awaited comeback at the Carlisle Grounds from a cruciate ligament injury picked up back in June 2013. He was instrumental in the Lilywhite's taking a 51st minute lead.

The 23-year-old whipped in a beautiful right-footed cross from the left wing that the diving David McMillan glanced to the net with a header. Youth players Manuel Kaguako, Conor McDonald and Ciaran O'Connor were all handed starts.

And it was McDonald made 2-0 in the 57th minute. McMillan's slide rule pass picked out the run of 18-year-old who rounded Shane Redmond and slotted an acute angle for his first senior goal.

The visitors notched a third with 13 minutes to go. Ward failed to connect with Kurtis Byrne's deflected delivery. But McMillan rifled a stunning 16-yard volley into the top corner of the net.

Bray Wanderers – Redmond; Cooney, Webster, O'Connor, McGlynn; O'Neill (Nolan 87), S Byrne, Curran, Brown (Scully 75); Hurley (Akinade 65), C Byrne.

Dundalk – Sava; O'Connor, Kelly, Rossiter, Kaguako (Matondo 90); Higgins (Shields 54); Griffin, McDonald, Ward (Poynton 87), Byrne; MaCMillan.

REF – R Harvey (Dublin)

Irish Independent

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