Dundalk Progress in LSC
Dundalk were 3-1 winners against Bohemians on Tuesday night in round four of the Leinster Senior Cup.
JJ Lunney had put Bohemians ahead from the spot however second half goals from Ronan Murray, Sam Byrne and Krisztián Adorján gave Stephen Kenny’s men their fourth victory over Bohemians in 2018.
Bohemians were on the front foot from the off and it was JJ Lunney who had a shot early on but it flashed wide.
Andy Lyons then came closer when he dragged a shot wide from close range before Marco Tagbajumi had Dundalk’s first chance of the night but his shot on the turn was easily gathered by the goalkeeper.
Dundalk would fall behind in the opening 25 minutes when Gavin Smith got the wrong side of Danny Grant and fouled him as he was about to shoot in the box. Lunney stepped up and sent Sava the wrong way from the spot.
Pablo Calvacante almost made it 1-1 immediately when he turned and shot but it was inches wide of the target before Tagbajumi then headed towards goal but it never threatened Bohan in the Bohs goal.
That proved to be the final action of a first half that lacked urgency.
Tagbajumi set up Ronan Murray early on in the second half but didn’t connect as well as he would have liked. Dean Jarvis had a half volley that whistled inches over the crossbar with the goalkeeper beaten while Stephen Folan headed just over from Murray’s corner.
The equaliser would come with 20 minutes to go when Jarvis played a wonderful ball to the head of Tagbajumi. He flicked on into the path of Murray and he beautifully struck past goalkeeper Bohan to make it 1-1.
Tagbajumi met Murray’s free-kick with the next attack but he couldn’t direct it goalwards. Tagbajumi found himself through on goal after getting past Mitch Byrne but his finish was poor and straight at the goalkeeper.
Sean Gannon, on his return from fractured ribs, fired over the bar from 35 yards as the game approached the final 10 minutes.
The Lilywhites would go in front in the 81st minute when Sam Byrne headed home from six yards after Calvacante did well on the right and supplied the cross.
It was 3-1 moments later when Calvacante once again created space brilliantly and played in Krisztián Adorján who unleashed a superb drive to the top left hand corner.
That was the final action of the match at Oriel as Dundalk won 3-1 to book a place in the quarter-final against Shamrock Rovers.
DUNDALK: Gabriel Sava; Georgie Poynton, Gavin Smith (Sean Gannon 37), Stephen Folan, Dean Jarvis; Karolis Chvedukas (Karl Fitzsimons 68), Krisztián Adorján; Pablo Calvacante (Jack O’Keeffe 88), Ronan Murray, Sam Byrne; Marco Tagbajumi.
Substitutes not used: Ross Treacy (GK), Cian Flynn, Adam Finnegan.
Booked: Adorján (42)
Sent off: None.
BOHEMIANS: Sean Bohan; Mitch Byrne (Luke Nolan 88), Rob Manley, Lee Rock, Ryan Graydon (Promise Omochere 80); Danny Grant, Paddy Kirk (Jamie Kirk 60), Ali Regbha, Andy Lyons (capt); JJ Lunney, Danny Grant.
Substitutes not used: Jamie Cleary (GK), Stephen Nolan, Cian McMullan,
Booked: Lyons (59)
Sent off: None.