Thursday 18 January 2018

Dundalk and Derry move into Cup semis

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny.
Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny.

The main feeling in the Dundalk camp today will be that they avoided a dreaded replay in their FAI Cup tussle with Division One side UCD which would have added another game to their already-clogged fixture list.

But the double double is very much on the cards for Stephen Kenny's side who moved into the last four thanks to a narrow 1-0 win at the Belfield Bowl last night, Ciaran Kilduff with the winning goal for the Cup holders.

UCD, still chasing the promotion play-off places in Division One, had made life difficult for Dundalk, and the sides were level at the break.

Once the clock reached the hour mark, away fans feared that a replay would be needed but on 66 minutes Kilduff did the needful, reaching high to power home a header.

Daryl Horgan and Paddy Barrett had late chances to add another goal or two for Dundalk but one was enough on the night, and the Cup holders were into the last four.

Meanwhile, Derry City have Austrian import Lukas Schubert to thank for his part in securing a semi-final berth, Derry coming from behind to beat Wexford Youths 3-1 at Ferrycarrig Park.

An early Eric Molloy goal have given Wexford a shock lead, raising hopes of a first ever semi-final appearance, but Rory Patterson levelled just before half time, Schubert put City in front on 67 minutes and Barry McNamee made sure on 85 minutes.

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