Dundalk 1-1 Glentoran (2-1 Agg): Report
Ross Gaynor scored a magnificent team goal on 80 minutes to shoot Dundalk into the semi-finals of the Setanta Sports Cup following a 2-1 aggregate victory over Glentoran, after the sides played out a thrilling 1-1 draw at Oriel Park on Monday night. After a quiet opening half, the game burst into life when Glentoran were awarded two penalties in the space of six minutes before the hour-mark, Andrew Waterworth blazing the first one over the bar before Matthew Burrows, despite Peter Cherrie going the right way, drove the ball to the ‘keeper’s bottom left-hand corner with the second attempt. The Lilywhites responded well, though, and after Johnny Taylor was dismissed for quick-fire yellow cards, they restored their lead in the tie when Mark Quigley and Keith Ward combined to set Gaynor free, the 23-year-old finishing coolly under Elliott Morris.
Dundalk manager Ian Foster made three changes to the team that defeated Glentoran thanks to Quigley’s goal at The Oval a fortnight ago as Michael Hector, Dean Bennett and Stephen Maher were replaced by Colin Hawkins, Greg Bolger and Gaynor. Glentoran also made three switches – Richard Gibson, Colin Nixon and Neal Gawley replaced by Seán Ward, Jimmy Callacher and Grant Gardiner. The game started slowly, the only early action of note coming on eight minutes when Jason Hill’s over-the-top tackle on Simon Madden only drew a foul and no further punishment. On the 20-minute mark, Quigley’s free-kick from 30-yards out on the left was deflected wide, with Daniel Kearns’ resulting corner headed over by Hawkins under pressure. Seconds later, at the other end, Glentoran’s No9 Waterworth burst into the box but Shane Guthrie did well to clear the ball behind.
Past the midway point of the half, Quigley almost found Jason Byrne with a fine through-ball which was just too heavy, the ball running through to captain and ‘keeper Morris. Moments later, Byrne turned provider, feeding Quigley with a need lay-off on the edge of the box but the in-form 25-year-old striker blazed wildly over. Madden then, after breaking down the right, delivered a superb cross into the box which was brilliantly cut out, with Byrne ready to pounce at the back post. On 34 minutes, Dundalk, for the third time in four days, had Cherrie to thank for keeping them on level terms. Gardiner’s long-range effort took a deflection off Guthrie and was dipping in, only for the Scottish No1 to produce a magnificent reflex save to tip the ball onto the bar and over. Just before the break, Kearns’ pass fell to Quigley in the ‘D’, the Dubliner’s fierce effort going into the arms of Morris.
On 53 minutes, Glentoran were handed, literally, a way back into the tie when Madden was adjudged to have deliberately handled. Waterworth stood up but fired his spot-kick over the bar. Dundalk responded, Byrne’s shot from the right of the area blocked wide, before Quigley headed off target at the back post from Kearns’ corner. Glentoran were awarded another penalty on 59 minutes after Cherrie took down Burrows, who stood up and fired powerfully to the ‘keeper’s bottom left-hand corner. Dundalk almost replied immediately but Hawkins saw his header come back off the crossbar, before Byrne’s effort was cleared off the line as the hosts pressed for a quick equaliser. The sides then exchanged goal-ward headers, Gaynor heading over from a Madden cross before Hill headed into Cherrie’s hands from a Jaimie McGovern delivery. On 73 minutes, Quigley’s through-ball was too strong for Maher. On 78 minutes, Glentoran were reduced to ten men, Taylor, who had seconds earlier been booked for kicking the ball away, receiving his marching orders after a tackle on Quigley following a Messi-esque run. And Dundalk were ahead two minutes later when Quigley, Ward and Gaynor combined, the latter finishing coolly when put through one-on-one to put Dundalk into the last four.
DUNDALK FC (4-2-3-1): Peter Cherrie; Simon Madden ©, Colin Hawkins, Shane Guthrie, Nathan Murphy; Greg Bolger (Stephen Maher 65), Keith Ward; Daniel Kearns, Mark Quigley, Ross Gaynor; Jason Byrne.
Goal: R Gaynor (80).
Booked: P Cherrie (59), K Ward (64).
Unused Subs: Paul Murphy (GK), Stephen McDonnell, Mark Griffin, Johnny Breen.
GLENTORAN FC: Elliott Morris ©, Jaimie McGovern, Jason Hill, Seán Ward, Johnny Taylor, Richard Clarke, Daryl Fordyce (Colin Nixon 83), Jimmy Callacher, Grant Gardiner, Andrew Waterworth, Matthew Burrows.
Goal: M Burrows (60 pen).
Booked: M Burrows (63), J McGovern (67), J Taylor (75, 78).
Sent-Off: J Taylor (78).
Unused Subs: Paul Leeman, Neal Gawley, Peter Steele, Calum Birney, Michael Doran, Daniel Burns.
Referee: Richie Winter (Dublin).