Dundalk Defeated In Cobh
Dundalk’s defence of the EA SPORTS Cup ended at the semi-final stage on Monday evening as they were defeated 1-0 by Cobh Ramblers.
Chris Hull’s strike in the 75th minute was the difference between the sides at St. Colman’s Park.
Dundalk were on the front foot early on when Dylan Connolly showed good pace on the left and teed up Sam Byrne with a pull back but he fired over the bar before Connolly turned provider for John Mountney next but he headed well wide.
Cobh came into the game and Chris Hull had a shot go straight at Gabriel Sava and Sava was equal to a Shane O’Connor free-kick from just outside the area.
Denzil Fernandes showed good feet on the right hand side and put in a tantalising cross however Daniel Cleary did extremely well to deny a certain goal.
Karolis Chvedukas wandered forward from the midfield position to create a chance for himself however just as he was about to shoot he was denied by James McSweeney. In the same attack the ball broke to Ronan Murray and he tried the snapshot however the goalkeeper was there to gather easily.
Dundalk made a change at half-time with Dean Jarvis coming in for Karl Fitzsimons and he had the first effort of the second half when he roamed forward from the midfield position and got on the end of a loose ball after Georgie Poynton’s cross however it went inches wide.
Stephen Christopher responded for Cobh however his shot was weak and easy for Sava.
Chvedukas moved slightly to the right and got space on the wing and he crossed to the back post for the waiting Cleary however his goalbound header was miraculously scrambled away by the hosts.
Dundalk would fall behind when Christopher played a superb through ball to Hull in behind the defence and he calmly slotted past Sava to give the hosts the lead.
Jarvis tried to respond for the Lilywhites but his effort from the edge of the area never threatened the goal.
That was the final action of note as Dundalk couldn’t conjure up the equaliser and Cobh advance to the final against Derry City.
COBH RAMBLERS: Adam Mylod; Kevin Taylor, Ben O’Riordan, James McSweeney, Stephen Christopher, David Hurley (Craig Donnelly 89) , Iam Mylod, Chris Hull (Cian Leonard 89), Denzil Fernandes, Gordon Walker, Shane O’Connor.
Substitutes not used: Paul Hunt (GK),Jaze Kabia, Liam Cronin, Michael Sadys, Stephen O’Connor.
Booked: Taylor (28), Hull (34), O’Connor (67)
Sent off: None.
DUNDALK: Gabriel Sava; Georgie Poynton, Daniel Cleary, Stephen Folan, Dane Massey; John Mountney, Karolis Chvedukas (Jack O’Keeffe 75) Dylan Connolly, Ronan Murray, Karl Fitzsimons (Dean Jarvis 46); Sam Byrne (Jamie McGrath 65).
Substitutes not used: Ross Treacy (GK), Pablo Calvacante.
Booked: Chvedukas (71)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Sean Grant