Dundalk hit back and ease past Galway

GOALS from Dean Bennett, Johnny Breen, Mark Quigley and Daniel Kearns saw Dundalk come from behind to record a comfortable 4-1 win over 10-man Galway United in the FAI Ford Cup third round.

Galway took a shock lead on 13 minutes when Mikey Gilmore got to the by-line and pulled the ball back for Alan Murphy, who made no mistake with the finish from 10 yards.

That lead lasted just seven minutes as Dundalk levelled when Bennett met a Kearns corner at the front post and headed to the far top corner.

Dundalk were ahead by the break when Griffin slipped in Breen with a fine through-ball and the 20-year-old striker clipped the ball over Fleming.

It was 74 minutes before Dundalk made the game safe. Quigley converted from the spot before Kearns’ floated free-kick went all the way in two minutes later. Shaun Kelly was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the final minute of injury-time.

DUNDALK: Cherrie, Madden, Bennett, Guthrie, Gaynor, Kearns, Bolger (Duffy 79), Ward (Kerr 79), Quigley, Griffin, Breen.

GALWAY UNITED: Fleming, Shaun Kelly, Sinnott, Maher, Walshe, Ryan (G Kelly 76), Seán Kelly, G Curran (Cash 51), Murphy, Moore (Keogh 63), Gilmore.

Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin).

Sacred Heart 2 Limerick FC 4

by Paul Buttner

There was never any real danger of a shock at Tallaght Stadium as Leinster Senior League side Sacred Heart exited the cup.

Pat Scully’s side needed an element of fortune to take the lead on 22 minutes. Sean Brosnan cutting in from the right to unleash a low drive which deflected off central defence Wrafter to beat Ken Deegan.

Deegan was beaten from a corner for Limerick’s second on 40 minutes when Brosnan powered his header to the roof off the net from another O’Connor delivery.

Left winger O’Connor then drilled home Quinn’s clever pass to make it 3-0 in the final minute of the first-half.

Trailing 3-0 at the break, Sacred Heart punished Limerick complacency to get a goal back three minutes into the second half when full-back Anthony Weafer scored with a looping header from Darren Goode’s left wing cross.

A composed finish from midfielder Ian Lowry from captain Paul Caffrey’s pass nine minutes later then gave the Tallaght side further hope.

But they never really threatened again as the First Division side regained their focus, adding a fourth goal five minutes from time.

SACRED HEART: Deegan; Weafer, Wrafter, Lawrence, O’Reilly; Knowles (Quigley, 58 mins.), Kirby, Lowry, Goode (Bergin, 68 mins.); Caffrey (O‘Neill, 78 mins.); Byrne.

LIMERICK FC: D. Ryan; White, Purcell, McCarthy, Bhandarkar; Judge, O’Leary (Broughall, 86 mins.), Quinn, O’Connor (McGann, 64 mins.); Hynes (Breen, 70 mins.), Brosnan.

Referee: Phil Caschera (Dublin).

Greystones 1Shelbourne 3

by Charlie Stuart

SHELBOURNE booked their place in the fourth round with victory over a plucky Greystones side in yesterday’s entertaining clash at Bray’s Carlisle Grounds.

Greystones took a shock lead when Luke Massey to supplied the perfect ball for unmarked striker John McClurg to sweep the ball home from eight yards.

Shels grabbed an equaliser on 29 minutes after defender Ronan Rafferty was booked for a foul on Hughes. The resulting free from 25 yards by David Cassidy found unmarked defender Andy Boyle at the far post and he had no problem heading home from close range.

David Cassidy eventually had Shelbourne in front on 48 minutes when firing home the rebound after Blake had pushed out a point-blank effort from defender Lorcan Fitzgerald.

Shelbourne’s third goal on 59 minutes came when Conan Byrne shot home from 12 yards after good build-up play between Hughes and Cassidy.

GREYSTONES: Blake; Rafferty (N.Kelly 62), Killilea, Horan, Britton, J.Byrne, McDonald, D.Brack (Kavanagh 64,) K. Kelly; Massey (Breslin 77), McClurg.

SHELBOURNE: Delany; Matthews (James 31), Boyle, Ryan, Fitzgerald; C.Byrne (Mulhall 79), Scully, Dawson, McGill, Cassidy , Hughes (Bermingham 66).

Referee: Richie Winter (Dublin).

Youghal United 1Bray Wanderers 3

by David Ludzik

A DOUBLE from man-of-the match John Mulroy saw Bray Wanderers safely dispose of a plucky Youghal United in the FAI Ford Cup third round tie at Ardrath Park yesterday.

Despite vocal home support, Michael Durkin’s side found themselves two goals down inside 14 minutes. In the eighth minute, Shane O’Neill played in Mulroy, who converted with the aid of a deflection from close range.

The Seagulls were two up six minutes later when Irish U19 international Conor Murphy curled a magnificent right-footed effort into the top corner of David Kearns’ net.

The east Cork side did reduce the deficit to one before half-time when Clohessy scored at the second attempt.

Man-of-the-match Mulroy scored his second and Bray’s third on 57 minutes when he received the ball in the box before swivelling and curling a delightful left footed effort home.

YOUGHAL UNITED: Kearns, P Kelly, A Kelly, Landers, A Hennessy (O’Sullivan 77), Mangan-Murphy (Ryan 45), D Hennessy, S Kenneally, Geary (Herlihy 87), Donohoe, Clohessy.

BRAY WANDERERS: Gregg, S O’Connor, Mitchell, Prendergast, Kendrick, Doyle (Massey 85), Dempsey, O’Connor (G Kelly 76), Mulroy (McGuinness 69), Murphy, O’Neill.

Referee: G Kelly (Cork).

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