Hoare on Target as Dundalk Progress In FAI Cup
Dundalk booked their place in the last 16 of the extra.ie FAI Cup with a 1-0 win over Waterford at Oriel Park.
Sean Hoare, on his return from injury, headed the only goal in the 17th minute to send the Lilywhites through.
The Lilywhites were on the front foot early on with a free-kick from Will Patching hitting the wall and a hooked Patrick Hoban pass almost setting Michael Duffy through on goal.
Some Waterford pressure followed however just after the quarter-hour mark, Dundalk took the lead.
Chris Shields took the ball well on the edge of the area however he was fouled. Stefan Colovic played a wonderful ball in from the dead ball and it was met by a thundering header by Sean Hoare who sent it past Tadgh Ryan to the net.
Waterford had the ball in the net almost immediately but it was ruled out correctly for offside.
Shields then found himself in acres of space on the edge of the area as the ball sat up for him but his wicked volley was deflected just wide.
There was little to no action for the remainder of the half with Dundalk in control but there were no further goals.
Dundalk opened the second half on the front foot once more with Patrick Hoban finding space and firing over from distance before Sloggett won the ball back inside Waterford’s area and laid it off to Patching however he fired just over the bar from inside the 18-yard area.
It should have been 2-0 though moments later when Sloggett once again pressed high and won the ball back. He laid it off to Patching on the edge of the area again however he fired just wide of the right-hand post.
Sean Gannon was on the end of a clever Duffy pull back however he was denied brilliantly by Ryan who pushed it around the post.
Waterford had a couple of chances of their own when Michael O’Connor’s attempted shot didn’t leave his boot as he scuffed the ball while Tunmise Sobowale cut in off the right and unleashed a left-footed drive, however it went just wide of the post.
Duffy then had a chance from a free-kick and he beat the wall but it dipped inches wide of the left-hand post with Ryan scrambling.
Joshua Gatt almost marked his competitive debut for the club with a goal when he ghosted in to get on the end of David McMillan’s knockdown however he snatched at the shot and the ball went wide of the mark.
Duffy had a chance again to grab his goal when he linked up well with fellow Derry man Patrick McEleney however he dragged his effort wide.
Despite Dundalk’s best efforts, that proved to be the closest that either side would come to adding to the scoreline and Vinny Perth’s men progress into tomorrow’s draw.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Cameron Dummigan (Sean Gannon 43), Brian Gartland, Sean Hoare, Darragh Leahy; Chris Shields (capt), Greg Sloggett (John Mountney 70); Stefan Colovic (Joshua Gatt 78), Will Patching (Patrick McEleney 70), Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (David McMillan 78).
Substitutes not used: Aaron McCarey (GK), Sean Murray.
Sent off: None
WATERFORD: Tadgh Ryan; Robbie McCourt (capt), Sam Bone, Robert Weir (Michael O’Connor 60) Jake Davidson; Will Fitzgerald (Ali Coote 79), John Martin (Shane Griffin 59), Matthew Smith, Niall O’Keeffe (Tyreke Wilson 59), Tunmise Sobowale; Will Longbottom (Kurtis Byrne 63).
Substitutes not used: Paul Martin (GK), Darragh Power.
Booked: Bone (82)
Sent off: None.
REFEREE: Paul McLaughlin