Dundalk FC U19s and U17s were both in Cup action this week. The U17 side travelled to the AUL Complex on Tuesday night to take on Shelbourne FC. The U19 team played local rivals Drogheda United FC at Oriel Park.
Tiarnán Mulvenna’s U15 side weren’t playing in the Cup but return to SSE Airtricity League action when they travel to Gortakeegan to play Monaghan United/Cavan FP on Sunday, 15 July. Kick-off at 12pm.
Date: Tuesday, 11 July 2018 – 19.45 – Oriel Park
Opponent: Drogheda United FC
Score: 1-1 (4-3 pens) (W)
Goal: Adam Finnegan; Levi Boardman
Competition: Enda McGuill Cup
Cup holders Dundalk FC advanced to the quarter-final of the Enda McGuill Cup after defeating local rivals Drogheda United in a penalty shootout at Oriel Park. Goalkeeper Harry Hogan was the hero as he pulled off two magnificent saves in the shootout.
U19 coach Mick Neville shared his thoughts with dundalkfc.com after the game. He said: I am happy that we went through as we are still carrying a lot of injuries into the game but a lot of people put their bodies on the line to be fair.
“Gavin Smith had just arrived home from his holidays and he played the full 90 minutes and extra time for us. Jack O’Keeffe and 2 or 3 others were carrying bad injuries and we ended up with Cian Flynn who got a torn hamstring after the game, we lost David White so we brought young Peter Shields in from the U17s.
“We had 2 subs to use so we are kind of hit and miss at the moment but we are trying to get through games as best we can at the moment. We won on penalties which was a great credit to the players who showed a great attitude to stay in the cup.
“Harry Hogan made a couple of great saves in the penalty shootout but it was an even enough game throughout I think. We play Finn Harps at home, I believe that was the draw on Thursday.
“I’m hoping that we get more bodies back and try and let the players have a rest because they have played a lot of football with first team games, Leinster Senior Cup games and a couple have played in the EA SPORTS Cup.”
Dundalk FC U19s are next in action when they host Shelbourne FC in the Northern Elite Division at Oriel Park on Saturday, 14 July. Kick-off at 14.00. FREE Admission.
Dundalk FC starting XI: Harry Hogan; Luke Gorham, Jamie Coyne, Gavin Smith, David White (Peter Shields 90); Karl Fitzsimons (c), Adam Finnegan (Callum McDonnell 85), Cian Flynn (Seán O’Hanlon 90); Jordan Maguire, Luke Byrne; Jack O’Keeffe
Substitutes not used: Ciaran Burnett
Booked: David White, Gavin Smith
Drogheda United starting XI: Malachy Doyle; Dylan Connolly, Seán Trimble (c), Eoin Broughan, Seán Cronin, Eoin McPhillips, Josh Scully, Ryan Hart, James Carroll, Levi Boardman, Gabriel Aghinita
Substitutes not used: Ben Murphy, Leo Tang, Cian Quinn, Tom Adeyinka, Jordan Adeyemo, Oisin Proudfoot
Booked: James Carroll
Referee: Daryl Carolan
Assistants: Gary Doyle, Thomas Little
Date: Tuesday, 11 July 2018 – 19.00 – AUL Complex
Opponent: Shelbourne FC
Score: 1-1 (4-1 pens) (L)
Goal: Harry Groome; Christopher McFadden
Competition: Mark Farren Cup
Dundalk FC U-17s crashed out of the Mark Farren Cup after losing to Shelbourne in a penalty shootout.
U17 coach Liam Burns shared his thoughts with the website after the game. He said: “I’m delighted with the performance again from the players. We’ve continued on with our good form, obviously it’s a cruel way to lose on penalties but the lads were fantastic after such a short turnaround from the Sligo game. It was a tight contest and a very entertaining game.
“Our energy levels, commitment and enthusiasm was excellent and I thought we should have deserved to win the game. We had a lot of chances – we hit the crossbar, got the ball cleared of the line and I’m just very happy with our performance.
“It’s a bad way to lose and the boys are disappointed but if we continue on improving then we won’t be far off from where we want to be at the end of the season. We play Shelbourne again in our next game which doesn’t give us much recovery time for both teams. When you’re playing teams in short space of time as we know each other well.
“We will do everything we can to get three points and keep marching on.”
Dundalk FC U17s are next in action when they travel to Tolka Park to take on Shelbourne FC in the Northern Elite Division on Saturday, 14 July. Kick-off at 14.00.
Shelbourne starting XI: Seán O’Connell, Daniel Hickey, Leon Lawlor (c), Luke Kane, Kevin McEvoy, Aaron Connolly (Mervin Mambo 67), Abdulrasaq Alamu-Tajudeen (Leigh Deegan 71), Daragh Keating, Dylan Power-Mulhern (Oluwasegun Lawal, 67), Seán Cumiskey Harry Groome 56, Daniel Howlin
Substitutes not used: Colm Cox, Seán O’Rourke
Booked: Kevin McEvoy, Aaron Connolly, Harry Grome.
Dundalk FC starting XI: David Odumosu; Andrew Quinn, Jack Kavanagh, Luke Doherty, Mark Traynor (c), Jamie Wynne, Jeff Nwodo, Christopher McFadden, Josh Wilson, Seán Kane; Dwayne McCourt.
Substitutes not used: Max Demendeiki, Ben Gaynor, Jamie Browne.
Referee: David Dunne
Assistants: Ciaran Delaney and Shane O’Brien
Picture credit: Ciarán Culligan/Dundalk Democrat