EA Sports Cup
Date: 5 p.m. Aug. 4, 2014
Venue: Oriel Park
Ref:
Att:

Marc Griffin 24' - Goal

Keith Ward 43' - Goal

David McMillan 79' - Goal

David McMillan 82' - Goal

David McMillan 90' + 3' - Goal



Dundalk ease past Youths to book Final spot

Tue, Aug 05 2014

Credit: Eddie Lennon

Airtricity League leaders Dundalk saw off the challenge of Wexford Youths with ease at Oriel Park. Stephen Kenny’s men recorded a 5-0 victory and advanced to the EA Sports Cup final where they’ll face the winners of Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians on September 20th.

 

The home side took the lead in the 24th minute through Mark Griffin; the former Derry City striker found himself completely unmarked at the back post and got his head firmly on the end of Ruaidhri Higgins’ corner and guided the ball into the top corner of the net.

 

Dundalk completely dominated proceedings and their second goals was a moment of magic from Keith Ward. The winger picked the ball up in a good position outside the Wexford box and turned and launched an unstoppable shot into the top corner of Graham Doyle’s goal. A goal of real quality from Ward, who is endeavouring to work his way back into Stephen Kenny’s first eleven following a lengthy absence through injury.

 

Wexford came out for the second half with a bit more about them; enjoying a spell of dominance over the home side, but ultimately failing to convert possession into chances.

 

A large part of the second half was rather disjointed, with neither team able to put together a meaningful passage of play.

 

As the final 20 minutes approached, Gabriel Sava had to be at his best to make a double save to deny Furlong and Molloy.

 

Dundalk reasserted their dominance in the final 20 minutes, putting the result beyond doubt with goals from David McMillan and John Mountney.

 

David McMillan added a fifth with the last kick of the game, rounding off a good all round display by Dundalk and sending the home fans home having witnessed yet another Lilywhite goal fest.

 

In truth, the home side never really needed to get out of second gear, with the Youths creating only a couple of chances of note, although Stephen Kenny will be very happy with certain individual performances, Keith Ward and Manuel Kaguako putting in particularly impressive displays.

 

Dundalk: Gabriel Sava; Manuel Kaguako, Simon Kelly (Paul Finnegan, 71), Mark Rossiter, Ciaran O’Connor (George Poynton, 83); Keith Ward, Ruaidhri Higgins, John Mountney, Donal McDermott (Conor McDonald, 32); Mark Griffin, David McMillan.

Subs not used: Kurtis Byrne, Darren Meenan, Anton Reilly, Peter Cherrie.

 

Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle; Craig Shortt (CJ Browne, 83), Shane Nolan, Stephen Last, Killian Cantwell; Shane Dunne, Eric Molloy, Craig Wall, Adam Cox (Bryan Doyle, 90); Danny Furlong, Ben Ryan.

Subs not used:  Ryan Delaney, Craig McCabe, Gary Delaney, Danny Neikis.

Booked:  Shane Dunne

 

Referee: Robert Harvey

Attendance: 1,078

Extratime.ie Man of the Match:  Manuel Kaguako

 

 



Dundalk
Gabriel Sava
Goalkeeper
Mark Rossiter
Defender
Ciaran O'Connor
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Defender
Simon Kelly
71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Defender
Manuel Kaguako
Defender
Keith Ward
43Scored: 43'
Midfielder
John Mountney
Midfielder
Donal McDermott
32'
32Subbed Off: 32'
Midfielder
Ruaidhri Higgins
Midfielder
David McMillan
79Scored: 79'
82Scored: 82'
90Scored: 90'
Forward
Marc Griffin
24Scored: 24'
Forward

Substitutes
Anton Reilly
Midfield
George Poynton
83'
83Subbed On: 83'
Midfield
Darren Meenan
Midfield
Conor McDonald
32'
32Subbed On: 32'
Midfield
Paul Finnegan
71'
71Subbed On: 71'
Defender
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Kurtis Byrne
Forward
Wexford FC
Graham Doyle
Goalkeeper
Killian Cantwell
Defender
Stephen Last
Defender
Shane Nolan
Defender
Craig Shortt
Defender 83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Adam Cox
Midfielder 90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Shane Dunne
Midfielder
64Booked: 64'
Eric Molloy
Midfielder
Craig Wall
Midfielder
Danny Furlong
Forward
Ben Ryan
Forward

Substitutes
C.J. Browne
Defender
83Subbed On: 83'
83'
Gary Delaney
Defender
Ryan Delaney
Defender
Bryan Doyle
Defender
90Subbed On: 90'
90'
Craig McCabe
Defender
Danielius Niekis
Goalkeeper


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