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Saturday 3 December 2016

FAI Cup Round-up: Wanderers Cooke up a storm

Bohemians Manager Keith Long, second right, and Centre Forward Ismahil Akinade, right, exchange words with the referee at the final whistle
Bohemians Manager Keith Long, second right, and Centre Forward Ismahil Akinade, right, exchange words with the referee at the final whistle
Bray Wanderers players celebrate after Peter McGlynn's cross is judged to have crossed the line after being spilt by Bohemian's goalkeeper Dean Delany
Bray's David Scully clutches his face after an injury to the eye
Lorcan Fitzgerald under pressure from Bray's David Cassidy
United's Jake Keegan and Chris Shields tussle for the ball
Paddy Barrett rises highest to put away Dundalk's third goal
Dundalk's Richie Towell has a shot from range
Kurtis Byrne stretches for the ball ahead of Galway United's Paul Sinnot
Dundalk manager Stephen Kelly thanks the fans with his players after a convincing win at Eamonn Deasy Park

Mick Cooke has enhanced his reputation as a miracle worker after he guided Bray Wanderers into the last eight of the FAI Cup at the expense of Bohemians with a controversial win last night.

A club who were very much in crisis when Cooke took charge last month, Bray have moved away from the relegation zone with some fine league form and they're now in the frame for FAI Cup success.

It took just one goal to get the better of Bohs at Dalymount but it was a contentious one.

In the fifth minute, winger Peter McGlynn sent in a cross which Bohs keeper Dean Delany appeared to have dealt with, but the linesman flagged that the ball had crossed the line and referee Graham Kelly indicated that a goal was given, prompting a stern reaction from the home side. Despite serious second-half pressure, the Gypsies had no response.

League leaders Dundalk kept up their pursuit of a double with a convincing win away to Galway United.

Jake Keegan gave United a shock lead on 10 minutes but Dundalk responded well and were 3-1 up at half-time with goals from Brian Gartland, Richie Towell and Paddy Barrett, with Sean Gannon adding a fourth late on.

Derry City outclassed Drogheda United with a comfortable 3-0 win at the Brandywell. Patrick McEleney put City on the way to victory, subsequent goals from Cillian Morrison and Barry McNamee making sure.

Athlone Town head for a replay against Sheriff YC on Monday night after a 2-2 draw last night. Philip Gorman and Stewart Glen traded goals early on, Gorman then gave Athlone the lead on 58 minutes but John Rock got the equaliser which forced the replay.

And Killester United breezed past Tolka Rovers with a 4-0 win.

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