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Dundalk 1:2 Rovers

  

  FAI FORD Cup Quarter-Final Replay - Oriel Park - Monday 15th September
Dundalk 
(1) 1
: 2 (0)
 Rovers
 Hoban 40'           Sheppard 80' 87'
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Hoops Line-Out
1
Barry Murphy

17
Simon Madden

4
Conor Kenna (c)

5
Jason McGuinness
3
Luke Byrne

21
Ronan Finn

16
Patrick Cregg

18
Shane Robinson
8
Ryan Brennan
10
Sean O'Connor

24
Dean Kelly

 
Substitutes
11 Kieran Waters for Brennan 53'
37 Stephen McPhail for Robinson 62'
 
31 Karl Sheppard for Kelly 77'  
7 Gary McCabe  
2 Robert Cornwall  
25 Craig Hyland  
15 Robert Bayly  

 

 

 

 

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Karl Sheppard's introduction in the 77th minute ensured a dramatic finish to this quarter-final tie as his two goals in the last 10 minutes sent the Rovers fans into raptures and sealed a semi-final spot for the Hoops. Rovers had trailed from a first-half Hoban header and were struggling to make chances before the Hoops number 9 made his mark.
        

On a calm night in Dundalk the visitors made the better start with Barry Murphy punching clear an early corner and on 7 minutes Kurtis Byrne got beyond the Hoops defence on the left but he dragged his shot wide of the target. On 14 minutes defender Boyle met a Meenan corner but he headed wide.


A dangerous free-kick from Sean O'Connor on 16 minutes needed a fine defensive header from Chris Shields. On 27 minutes some fine play from Ronan Finn saw him lay the ball off for Ryan Brennan but his low ball was cleared. A minute later Finn again got on the ball and he burst into the box on the right and layed the ball off for Sean O'Connor but his looped shot was met by a fine save from Peter Cherrie.


On 31 minutes Ryan Brennan went on a good run and forced Cherrie into a diving save. At the other end a Kurtis Byrne cross into the box was met by Luke Byrne but his sliced clearance just went wide of Barry Murphy's goal. Sean O'Connor's free-kick from just inside the Dundalk half on 37 minutes saw McGuinness beat Cherrie to the ball but he couldn't guide his header on target.


ball5[GOAL 1:0 - 40th min.] A free kick from Meenan found it's way behind the Hoops defence for Hoban in acres of space and he powerfully headed past Barry Murphy.


The home side dominated the early exchanges in the second half and almost doubled their lead when a Meenan corner was headed off the Hoops crossbar by Patrick Hoban. On 51 minutes Hoban again was on hand to meet Byrne's cross but this time Barry Murphy dived to his left to scoop away the header and keep Rovers in the game. On 56 minutes a stray pass from McGuinness saw Daryl Horgan bear down on goal but Conor Kenna got across to clear.


On 65 minutes a Madden cross couldn't pick out Dean Kelly in front of goal and a good move on 73 minutes again saw Madden providing the through ball but Cregg couldn't connect with the ball in the box. Richie Towell's effort from 25 yards out needed a decent save from Barry Murphy before sloppy play again in midfield allowed Hoban to run into the Hoops box but this time Jason McGuinness got across to clear the danger.


The introduction of Karl Sheppard to play alongside Kieran Waters up front injected some pace into the Rovers attack and with Dundalk feeling comfortable with their one-goal lead the game was about to dramatically change.


ball5[GOAL 1:1 - 80th min.] When Darren Meenan lost possession to Luke Byrne the ball fell for Sean O'Connor to play the ball behind the advanced Dundalk defence and Karl Sheppard timed his run to race into the Dundalk box on the left and coolly slot the ball past the advancing 'keeper.


Rovers were suddenly playing with real purpose and Waters did well down the left and his cross to the edge of the area saw Madden try to loop the ball over Cherrie but the Dundalk 'keeper got back to save.


ball5[GOAL 1:2 - 87th min.] With the Hoops fans still celebrating the equaliser Kieran Waters competed for possession in his own half and the ball was played behind the home defence on the right. Karl Sheppard took the ball into the box and to the bye-line and with the Dundalk defence waiting for the cross he turned inside and fired a shot with his left foot that beat Cherrie at his near post to send the Hoops players and fans into wild celebrations.


With five minutes of added-on time the home side were able to launch a numnber of balls into the area but the Hoops defence kept their composure to see off the danger and Rovers almost added a third when Madden released Cregg down the right and into the box but his shot hit the side-netting.


 

 


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Rovers 0:0 Dundalk

  

  FAI FORD Cup Quarter-Final - Tallaght Stadium - Friday 12th September
Rovers 
(0) 0
: 0 (0)
 Dundalk
           
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Hoops Line-Out
1
Barry Murphy

17
Simon Madden
4
Conor Kenna (c)

5
Jason McGuinness

3
Luke Byrne

21
Ronan Finn

16
Patrick Cregg

18
Shane Robinson
7
Gary McCabe

11
Kieran Waters
9
Karl Sheppard

 
Substitutes
24 Dean Kelly for Sheppard 66'
8 Ryan Brennan for McCabe 74'
 
31 Ciaran Kilduff for Waters 88'  
37 Stephen McPhail  
2 Robert Cornwall  
25 Craig Hyland  
15 Robert Bayly  

 

 

 

 

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Rovers and Dundalk have to do it all again on Monday night after a tense FAI Ford Cup quarter-final tie ended in stalemate. The Hoops had the better of the first half exchanges but the visitors had the upper hand in the second period but neither side could make the breakthrough. 
        

Rovers started playing at a high tempo and after 5 minutes a Luke Byrne free-kick into the box saw Karl Sheppard head the ball down for Kieran Waters to cross low for Jason McGuinness but his attempted shot on the spin didn't come off.

A minute later Gary McCabe's through ball was pounced on by Sheppard but his first touch let him down and the ball ran through to Peter Cherrie in the Dundalk goal.

b.b.1. 7The visitors had their first attempt on goal when Daryl Horgan crossed to the back post and the ball fell invitingly for Richie Towell but Shane Robinson was first to the ball to clear. Horgan then curled a fine effort just wide of Barry Murphy's left-hand post.

Good work from Gary McCabe won a corner on 24 minutes and he swung the ball into the box. The ball pinged around the Dundalk area before being cleared.

On 26 minutes a Patrick Cregg free-kick into the box was met by the head of Karl Sheppard and he placed the ball past Cherrie and inot the net but unfortunately the Linesman raised his flag for offside against Jason McGuinness.

On 29 minutes Horgan did well to get a shot on target under pressure from McGuinness but Barry Murphy saved at his near post.

Dundalk created their best opening on 37 minutes when Sean Gannon played Towell in on the right-hand side of the box but Barry Murphy was alert to advance and block his shot with Conor Kenna completing the clearance.  

Just before the break some great skill from Ronan Finn created space on the right wing and his cross went between the defence and 'keeper Cherrie but Karl Sheppard just failed to make contact.

The start of the second-half was evenly balanced with little in the b.b.1. 18way of goalmouth action. Conor Kenna did well to deny Horgan a run down the left wing on 58 minutes and two minutes later McMillan was played in down the right and his low cross took a deflection off McGuinness but Barry Murphy got down well to cut out the cross.

Dundalk were gradually taking control off the game as the Hoops tired after their hard pressing so far in the game. Patrick Cregg and Ronan Finn were industrious in midfield but the Hoops were finding it hard to get past the Dundalk defence down the wings.

Dean Kelly was introduced on 66 minutes and when Finn found space down the right his cross had too much pace and the Hoops substitute couldn't control the ball inside the box.

The best chance of the game fell to the Lilywhites on 70 minutes.
David McMillan played sub Kurtis Byrne in on the left-hand side and he bore down on goal and slotted the ball past Barry Murphy but fortunately for the Hoops the ball went narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

Ryan Brennan entered the fray 74 minutes and he added some much needed fresh legs to the Hoops midfield. Jason McGuinness made a fine blocking tackle to deny Hoban a shot on goal in the 81st minute.

With six minutes remaining Brennan and Finn combined down the right and Finn's cross seemed to take a deflection and Cherrie had to get down quickly to save at his near post.

The last chance of the game came on 90 minutes when Daryl Horgan's free-kick from just inside the Hoops area almost caught out Barry Murphy but the Hoops 'keeper got back to tip the ball over the bar.

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