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Thursday 14 December 2017

Quigley steals it

Glentoran 0
Dundalk 1

Just three weeks after putting Linfield to the sword at Windsor Park, Dundalk returned to Belfast to claim another Setanta Cup victory, with Mark Quigley's 82nd-minute thunderbolt giving them a precious victory over Glentoran at The Oval.

The Lilywhites centre-forward smacked a wonderful first-time volley past Elliot Morris from 20 yards to give Dundalk a crucial lead going into the second leg at Oriel Park in two weeks' time.

Despite enjoying territorial advantage for much of the first half, Glentoran never really opened Dundalk up.

Peter Cherrie was only summoned into real action once, racing from his line in the 36th minute to smother a Matty Burrows effort from 18 yards.

The Scottish goalkeeper had Lady Luck on his side 11 minutes earlier though when Richard Gibson's glancing header from a Daryl Fordyse cross clipped the post and went wide.

Dundalk showed a lot more intent in the second half, with Jason Byrne seeing a header brilliantly saved by Morris in the 50th minute.

The wily striker then missed an open goal after Morris collided with centre-back Colin Nixon, but Dundalk bagged a crucial away goal nine minutes later thanks to Quigley's wonder strike.

GLENTORAN -- E Morris; J McGovern, J Taylor, C Nixon, J Hill; N Gawley, D Fordyce, R Clarke, A Waterworth; M Burrows (P Steele 79), R Gibson.

DUNDALK -- P Cherrie; S Madden, S Guthrie, M Hector, N Murphy; D Kearns, D Bennett, S Maher, K Ward (S McDonnell 90), M Quigley, J Byrne (J Breen 88).

REF -- A Hunter.

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