Lilywhites Go Through To Last Four
Dundalk booked their place in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup semi-finals with a 4-0 win over Limerick on Friday night.
Patrick Hoban grabbed a brace and John Mountney added to that to make it 3-0 at half-time and Georgie Kelly added the fourth after the break to send the Lilywhites through at Market’s Field.
Dundalk got off to the perfect start when Michael Duffy found space in the centre and he fed Ronan Murray who ran through the box. He squared it for Patrick Hoban and he had the simple task of slotting to the net from 3 yards.
Hoban almost made it two moments later when Duffy’s outstanding cross to the back post found the forehead of the Galway native however he headed inches wide of Tommy Holland’s right hand post.
Duffy then was the one with the header as Sean Gannon, making his 200th club appearance, played an expert cross to the winger but the ball went wide off the head of the Derry man.
Dundalk made it 2-0 in the 21st minute when Dane Massey and Duffy interchanged passing with the latter crossing in from the left and it was to Hoban at the back post. His looping header was adjudged to have crossed the line by the linesman and doubled the Lilywhites advantage.
It was almost 3-0 just on the half hour mark when Murray shot on the turn but Tommy Holland pushed it around the post. From that corner, Duffy took it and found Gartland but his header was cleared off the line.
Murray had a free-kick go over the bar just after the half hour mark but it was 3-0 after 35 minutes.
Massey found himself forward once again and through on goal. With Holland advancing he squared it for Mountney who tucked it away with ease.
Duffy then almost made it four when his outstanding touch in behind took him through but Holland did exceptionally well to parry the ball to safety.
Murray had a superb shot which was blocked by Holland into the path of Hoban however he couldn’t direct it on target for his hat-trick.
He did get his next effort on target on the stroke of half-time however he headed straight at the goalkeeper.
Massey’s free-kick was blocked down and from the corner Gartland headed just over the bar from close range.
Murray then had a shot after Hoban’s pull back but he blasted over the bar from 10 yards while a goalmouth scramble saw substitute Georgie Kelly have an effort cleared off his foot.
Karl O’Sullivan had an effort for Limerick just after the hour mark but Gary Rogers was equal to it in what was the home side’s first chance of the game.
Cian Coleman had the ball in the net from a corner however it was ruled out after a push on Rogers.
Dundalk did make it 4-0 with just under 20 minutes to go. Captain Brian Gartland found himself in an attacking position and he slipped Kelly in on goal. He set himself and fired expertly below the goalkeeper to the net.
Limerick almost got one back when Coleman headed towards goal but Rogers tipped over the bar and the goalkeeper had to repeat the trick a few minutes later when Barry Maguire headed from similar position.
Mountney almost grabbed his second of the night but he drilled wide after Duffy’s pull back.
That proved to be the final action of note as Dundalk progressed to the last four for the fourth successive year.
LIMERICK: Tommy Holland; Darren Murphy, Killian Brouder, Colman Kennedy, Shane Tracy; Karl O’Sullivan (Ger Barry 85), Barry Maguire, Cian Coleman, Shane Duggan, Will Fitzgerald ; Connor Ellis (Danny Morrissey 75)
Substitutes not used: Jack Brady (GK), Tomas O’Connor, Colm Walsh-O’Loughlin, Billy Dennehy, Aaron Fitzgerald.
Booked: O’Sullivan (19), Barry Maguire (58)
Sent off: None.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland (capt), Daniel Cleary (Stephen Folan 67), Dane Massey; John Mountney, Robbie Benson; Ronan Murray, Patrick McEleney, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Georgie Kelly 55).
Substitutes not used: Gabriel Sava (GK), Chris Shields, Dylan Connolly, Georgie Poynton.
Booked: Murray (72)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Derek Tomney