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On This Day: 1949

// 20 Feb 2015

On this day in 1949, Dundalk took an important step on the way to winning the FAI Cup when they defeated Cork Athletic 4-1.

Dundalk were glad that the Cork forwards had an off-day with their finishing as they could have been out of sight before Dundalk rallied.

20 Feb 1949 Headlines

Dundalk were without Arthur Whelan and James Wilson due to injury and included John Maguire from the reserve side. Cork dominated the early part of the match with their wing-halves O’Connell and McCarthy posing a lot of problems. However, despite their domination, O’Leary missed a number of chances while Cantwell’s shot was headed off the line by Johnny Matthews.

Dundalk took the lead against the run of play when Peader Walsh (pictured above) crossed for Ronnie Henderson to score with a flying header that he placed just outside the reach of Courtney in the Cork goal.

Johnny Matthews

Dundalk captain Johnny Matthews

Dundalk extended their lead after 53 minutes when a corner by Walsh was collected by Rusty Russell who crossed for Eddie Hamilton to score.

Cork reduced the arrears after 72 minutes when Curtin headed home a free-kick by P McCarthy. O’Connor then nearly equalised a moment later. Dundalk responded when Danny McElhinney volleyed a Walsh cross into the net. Henderson added a fourth after being set up by Henderson.

Dundalk: Anderson, Fearon, Maguire, Murphy, Skevington, Matthews, Walsh, Russell, Henderson, McElhinney, Hamilton.

Cork Athletic: Courtney, O’Reilly, Noonan, O’Connell, Burke, J McCarthy, O’Connor, O’Leary, Curtin, Cantwell, P McCarthy.

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