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Dundalk 1:0 Rovers
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:00

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  Setanta Sports Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg - Oriel Park - Tuesday 15th April 2014
Dundalk  (0) 1 : 0 (0)
 Rovers
 Shields 47' 
       
Aggregate 3-1
photos Match Photographs here 
Hoops Line-Out
25
Craig Hyland
23
Sean Heaney

4
Conor Kenna (c)

2
Rob Cornwall
3
Luke Byrne
18
Shane Robinson
21
Ronan Finn

15
Robert Bayly
19
Eamon Zayed

11
Marty Waters

9
Karl Sheppard

 
Substitutes
8 Ryan Brennan  for Waters 69'
 
31 Alan Kehoe for Heaney 75'  
31 Ciaran Kilduff for Finn 75'
 
1 Barry Murphy
 
5 Jason McGuinness
 
17 Simon Madden  

setanta_sportsRovers needed to score twice to have any chance of progressing to the final and retaining the Setanta Sports Cup and Trevor Croly started with two up front. However the Lilywhites scored early in the second-half and Rovers had to chase the game and despite making a couple of late chances they couldn't get back into the match.

The opening ten minutes saw a couple of half chances for Rovers with Zayed's low ball into the box well defended by Rossiter and Bayly shooting over the bar. Horgan had a decent effort for the home side when he shot narrowly wide of Craig Hyland's right-hand post.

Hyland was well placed to save again on 12 minutes when Higgins ran at the Hoops defence and got his shot on target. Boyle headed over the bar following a free-kick on the right for Dundalk and Conor Kenna's long ball saw Sean Heaney get forward to head across goal but the ball was cleared.

Daryl Horgan broke forward on 22 minutes and set up Towel just outside the box to shoot on target but Hyland tipped the ball over the bar. On 28 minutes Ronan Finn's ball into a packed box picked out Marty Waters and his back-heel hit Rossiter but Cherrie was on hand to claim the ball.

The Hoops were getting crosses into the area but the Dundalk defence were always first to the ball to clear. On 40 minutes Ronan Finn almost opened the scoring when he took a pass from Rob Cornwall to shoot on goal from 25 yards out and the ball took a deflection off Zayed and Cherrie had to dive to his right to push the ball around the post.

Just before the whistle Sean Heaney was on hand to cut out Towel's fine cross field ball that would have sent Mountney behind the Hoops defence on the right-hand side.


ball5[GOAL 1:0 - 47th min.] Dundalk opened the scoring when a Higgins free-kick on the right went to the back post and Chris Shields got the better of Cornwall to volley first time into the net.

 

Conor Kenna's long ball forward fell to Bayly on 50 minutes in a central position just outside the box but he dragged his shot wide. Four minutes later Eamon Zayed did well to lay the ball off for Ronan Finn to shoot on goal but his effort went over the bar.

 

Craig Hyland made a great stop on 55 minutes to palm away Mountney's low strike from the right-hand side of the area following good play by David McMillan. McMillan then shot low on goal following a good run but Hyland saved easily.

 

On 63 minutes Karl Sheppard had a great chance when Zayed forced a mistake in the box and the ball fell for the Hoops number 9 but he blasted over on the right just outside the six-yard box.

 

On 74 minutes a Finn cross from the left was headed back across goal by Sheppard but Cherrie was on hand to punch clear. Five minutes from time an outswinging corner from Ryan Brennan was met by the head of Bayly but he missed the target in front of goal.

 

The last chance for Rovers came on 90 minutes when Brennan made space for himself just outside the box but he shot over the bar.

 

 

 

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