FAI Senior Cup – Round 2
Crumlin United – 1
Dundalk FC – 3
Crumlin United gave an excellent account of themselves today in the second round of the FAI Senior Cup, but bowed out to Premier Division side Dundalk.
The Dubliners matched their esteemed visitors for much of the match, but were eventually defeated on a 3-1 scoreline.
Dundalk have become accustomed to European adventures in recent years, but were given plenty to think about by the Leinster Senior League side in an entertaining game.
It was an even start at the Iveagh Grounds with both sides going close, with Buzzer Rowe skewing a chance wide for Crumlin.
After 20 minutes Dundalk took the lead, when a floated free kick into the box from Michael Duffy was headed home by David McMillan. Crumlin would get right back into it though just two minutes later with a brilliant Jake Donnelly free-kick hitting the net. Parity would not last long and the Louth side were back in front on the half hour mark as a long range shot from Sean Hoare found the top corner.
The scores would remain this way up to half time. Crumlin began the second half well and almost had an equaliser just before the hour mark. Conor Murphy burst through one on one but scuffed his shot.
The match would remain tense and tight as the second half progressed, with Crumlin pressing, but finding it hard to break down their top opposition.
As the clocked ticked down, Dundalk had the chance of a third when Patrick McEleny was brought down by Noel Murray inside the box. The striker took the spot kick himself, but was brilliantly saved by Mikey Quinn, who saved two penalties against Wexford in the opening round.
The Lilywhites would however get a third just minutes after as substitute Stephen Kinsella volleyed home another Duffy cross to add gloss to the scoreline at full time.