Dundalk 0-1 Athlone Town
Dundalk were defeated by Athlone Town in the fourth round of the Leinster Senior Cup on Monday evening at Oriel Park.
Dean Williams second half strike for Athlone was enough to send the Midlanders through to the quarter-finals of the competition.
It was a scrappy opening to the game with Aaron McNally breaking that and crossing from the right but it went wide of the goal before Lido Lotefa had the first real opening of the game when he got in position however he blazed over from Dean Jarvis’ cross.
Georgie and Daniel Kelly linked up well on the right but the latter’s cross to Mark Hanratty couldn’t be converted on target.
Dean Casey broke the Dundalk dominance for the visitors but Stephen Folan got back wonderfully to prevent the Athlone man getting his shot away.
Kaleem Simon tried his luck next from 25 yards but Aaron McCarey easily saved down to his right while at the other end Georgie Kelly had another effort after Jarvis’ free-kick fell to him but it was somehow cleared away.
Kealan Dillon then shot for Athlone just before the break go wide of the post while the last action of the first period fell to Cleary however his looping header went over the bar from Jordan Flores’ corner.
Immediately after the re-start Lotefa almost gave us the lead when his cross turned into a shot but it was well tipped over by Myles.
The follow up corner was headed over by Folan.
Dundalk had upped the pressure from the beginning of the second half and almost took the lead when Myles pulled off a superb save to deny Flores from just outside the area.
The follow up from Georgie Kelly was saved by Myles also however he was flagged offside regardless.
Athlone almost took the lead themselves though when Rhys Gorman’s shot was parried by Aaron McCarey but the goalkeeper recovered well to clear the situation as Morgan came in to follow.
Athlone took the lead with 25 minutes remaining when Dean Williams received the ball just inside the box from Simon’s cross and fired the ball low and in off the post to the net.
They almost got a second moments later when Simon drove forward and unleashed a fierce shot which was well saved by McCarey in goal.
Cleary almost levelled it with a few minutes to go when he met McNally’s corner beautifully but it was straight at the goalkeeper.
Georgie Kelly looked like he had got the leveller in injury-time as he met Jarvis’ corner however he somehow managed to knock it wide with the goal at his mercy.
That proved to be the final action of the night as the Lilywhites exit the tournament.
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