Lilywhites Advance To Semi-Finals
Dundalk continued the defence of their EA SPORTS Cup trophy with a 3-0 win over Bohemians on Tuesday night.
Dylan Connolly struck a brace and Jamie McGrath added a third in the final minute to book the Lilywhites a semi-final berth.
Dane Massey had the first chance of the evening when he headed goalwards but it went just wide while Marco Tagbajumi also headed towards goal from Calvacante’s cross but it was wide also.
The lead goal wouldn’t be long coming though when in the 8th minute Jamie McGrath and John Mountney combined in a quick counter attack and the latter’s cross was too far past Tagbajumi however Dylan Connolly was on hand at the back post to rifle it to the bottom corner.
McGrath almost made it 2-0 when he tried his luck from 25 yards after Mountney’s corner was headed out to him however the ball crashed off the crossbar and went out of play.
Connolly would get the second goal just after the 20 minute mark. Dean Jarvis linked up with McGrath and he laid on a wonderful ball to Connolly and he rounded the goalkeeper, Shane Supple, and finished to the net from an acute angle.
It was all Dundalk and they were dominant in possession and in chances.
McGrath set up Connolly once more and the winger almost netted his hat-trick however his shot from just inside the area flew over the bar.
At the other end Oscar Brennan had a chance to pull one back for the Gypsies however he didn’t trouble Gabriel Sava from the edge of the area with a strike.
Robert Manly had another chance then to pull one back but he wasn’t able to get his half volley on target and it was blocked.
Tagbajumi then tried to thread a ball through for substitute Karl Fitzsimons, it got to the midfielder however his shot never threatened Supple in goal.
Jarvis reacted quickest to a loose ball on the edge of the box and found the net but referee Rob Rogers adjudged him to have fouled belatedly while Connolly, on a hat-trick, on the stroke of half-time but he dragged a shot wide.
It was a quiet opening to the second half but the first action was when McGrath struck a free-kick into the wall after Connolly was fouled while at the other end Eoghan Stokes fired well over the bar from the edge of the area.
Dylan Thornton had a shot from the edge of the area but it went well over the bar while Sean Hoare headed straight at Supple from McGrath’s corner.
The scoring was finished in the 89th minute when Ronan Murray’s shot was rebounded by Supple into the path of McGrath and he found the net to get the goal his performance deserved.
That proved to be the final action and the Lilywhites advanced into the last 4 for the second year in succession.
DUNDALK: Gabriel Sava; Gavin Smith, Dane Massey (capt), Stephen Folan, Dean Jarvis (Ronan Murray 73); John Mountney (Karl Fitzsimons 37), Georgie Poynton; Pablo Calvacante (Sean Hoare 66), Jamie McGrath, Dylan Connolly; Marco Tagbajumi.
Substitutes not used: Ross Treacy (GK), Brian Gartland, Chris Shields, Jack O’Keeffe.
Sent off: None.
BOHEMIANS: Shane Supple (capt); Philip Gannon, Andy Lyons, Robert Manly (Promis Omochare 79), Daniel Byrne; Patrick Kavanagh, JJ Lunney, Oscar Brennan, Patrick Kirk, Jamie Hanrahan (Dylan Thornton 57); Eoghan Stokes.
Substitutes not used: Jamie Cleary (GK), Lee Rock, Luke Nolan, Mitchell Byrne.
Booked: Brennan (52), Gannon (81)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Rob Rogers.