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Date Time League Season
21 September 2021 7:45 pm FAI Cup 2021

Match Report

Dundalk prevail after extra-time in Cup replay

Dundalk secured passage to the FAI Cup Semi-Final thanks to an extra-time win over Finn Harps at an action-packed quarter-final replay at Oriel Park.

Sean Boyd got Finn Harps off to the perfect start with a goal after five minutes before Sean Murray got the home side level late in the first half.

The Lilywhites who were down to the bare bones used their experience to take command of the tie with goals in extra time from Pat Hoban and a goal to remember from Michael Duffy.

Harps took the game to the visitors and got their just rewards as they silenced the large Oriel Park crowd as Ryan Rainey's clever through ball saw Sean Boyd beat the attention of two Dundalk players to rifle his effort past Cherrie to put Harps in the lead.

The away side sensing Dundalk’s hesitancy continued to press high and Barry McNamee had the best opportunity to add a second as his long-range effort was well saved by Cherrie on the second attempt. Babatunde Owolabi also had a chance to add his name to the scoresheet as he beat Mayowa Animasahun for the ball but opted to take his shot on his right and in doing so sailed his effort over the bar.

Finn Harps would live to rue those missed chances as Dundalk dragged themselves back into the tie thanks to Sean Murray. Pat Hoban's bicycle kick into the six-yard box which looked almost certain to be cleared by the Finn Harps defence found its way to Sean Murray, who toe-poked it past Ger Doherty to equalise.

The second half saw both sides trade blows but that vital knock out blow never came, the closest either side came was when Peter Cherrie was excellent to deny both Boyd and Babatunde Owolabi from close range, the first effort was pushed onto the bar and the follow up was a fine low save.

The game went to extra time and Dundalk were awarded a penalty in the early stages as Sami Ben Amar went down under a challenge from Dave Webster in the area and Ben Connolly pointed to the spot. Patrick Hoban from the penalty spot placed it past Doherty with power and direction.

Right on the stroke of half-time in extra-time, it was checkmate Dundalk as Duffy struck a sensational free-kick that Doherty had no chance of saving to book Dundalk into their seventh semi-final place in a row. 

  • 120'

    FULL TIME: Dundalk have secured passage to the FAI Cup Semi-Final thanks to an extra-time win over Finn Harps at an action-packed quarter-final replay at Oriel Park. Sean Boyd got Finn Harps off to the perfect start with a goal after five minutes before Sean Murray got the home side level late in the first half. The Lilywhites who were down to the bare bones used their experience to take command of the tie with goals in extra time from Pat Hoban and a goal to remember from Michael Duffy.

  • 120'

    One added minute here

  • 118'

    Michael Duffy looks to add a second but his clever free kick on the volley is well saved by Doherty.

  • 115'

    Enda Douglas is on for Sean Murray

  • 105'

    PICK THAT OUT! Michael Duffy from the free-kick absolutely rifles it into the top right-hand corner and Dundalk now has a two-goal lead.

  • 102'

    Background to the penalty: Sami Ben Amar goes down under a challenge from Dave Webster in the area and Ben Connolly pointed to the spot.

  • 101'

    Mark Hanratty is on for Ben Amar

  • 97'

    HOBAN! He slots it past Doherty!

  • 96'

    PENALTY DUNDALK

  • 94'

    A fantastic chance for Dundalk as Ben Amar's cross is met by Hoban but it just goes over the bar.

  • 91'

    The first half of extra time is underway.

  • 90'

    Full Time: We are about to go into extra time to settle this one.

  • 90'

    Two added minutes, as Alex Ferguson would say 'Squeaky bum time'

  • 87'

    Ryan Connolly has come on for Ryan Rainey

  • 85'

    This tie is careful in the balance and is anyone's game, Dundalk however with very little experience on the bench will be hoping to end this at the full-time whistle. A previous few minutes ahead

  • 75'

    Coyle gets a yellow card for a foul on Hoban

  • 70'

    Adam Foley comes on for Sean Boyd.

  • 67'

    Sloggett tries his luck from distance but his effort flies goes wide of the mark

  • 62'

    WHAT A SAVE! Peter Cherrie does excellently denying both Boyd and Babatunde Owolabi from close range, he pushed one onto the bar and the other was a fine low save. Close call for the Lilywhites.

  • 55'

    Duffy broke free down the right but as he tried to curl the ball with his left foot it took a deflection and its a corner to Dundalk.

  • 53'

    Cameron Dummigan sends in a great ball and Finn Harps concede a corner, however, Dundalk can't make the pressure count and its a goal kick for Gerard Doherty and his Finn Harps side.

  • 47'

    Dundalk starting well here and have early inroads on the Finn Harps goal - Sean Murray's header is saved by Doherty.

  • 46'

    We are back underway at Oriel Park, for both sides a massive 45 minutes ahead.

  • 45'

    Half time here at Oriel Park and despite Finn Harps having ample chances and possession and took an early lead thanks to Sean Boyd, Dundalk grew into this game and equalised thanks to Sean Murray. This game is in the balance.

  • 45'

    One added minute here at halftime.

  • 43'

    That's the 30th goal of his career for Sean Murray. Just like in Finn Park on Friday he scores in the 39th minutes.

  • 41'

    Ben Amar is booked.

  • 39'

    OUT OF NOTHING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Sean Murray has pulled Dundalk level, Pat Hoban's bicycle kick into the six-yard box which looked to be cleared by the Finn Harps defence but it found Sean Murray, who toe pokes it past Ger Doherty.

  • 32'

    The Finn Harps forward beats Animasahun for the ball but decides to skip through the defence to strike with the right foot but it sails over.

  • 26'

    Dummigan with a high curling effort but it's caught well by Doherty, Dundalk having a bit of a period of possession at the moment.

  • 22'

    A fantastic low range effort by McNamee sees Cherrie have to get down to save well, that had all the hallmarks of sneaking into the bottom corner.

  • 20'

    Another good ball is sent into the box but the chance goes begging as no Dundalk player could make a connection. Finn Harps are well in control of this tie.

  • 18'

    Ben Amar gets the ball on the edge of the area but his volley on the outside of the boot goes wide of Doherty's post.

  • 13'

    Boyd with a fantastic high curling free-kick that was well saved by Cherrie.

  • 7'

    Boyle is booked for a foul on Duffy.

  • 6'

    And Finn Harps take the lead, Sean Boyd squeezes in between the centre backs and lashes one past Cherrie, a disaster for Dundalk, Fantastic for Finn Harps.

  • 3'

    Darragh Leahy partners Mayowa Animasahun at centre back as the game gets underway. Leahy has played there briefly for Bohs and at U-21 level for Ireland

  • 2'

    An excellent ball from Michael Duffy from the right was met in the middle by Sami Ben Amar but he couldn't make the right connection. Big early chance for the home side.

  • 1'

    And here we go, Finn Harps kick us off. This has a real cup feel to the ground and for the first time in a long time the shed is in full voice.

  • Well, this is actually hairs on the back of your neck stuff, a full stand with a standing ovation to the players as they take to the field, things may be bad here in Oriel Park but the fans, the fans are here to back their team.

  • A lovely reception as the fans remembers Alan Fox the former Dundalk FC player/manager who passed away this week.

  • 40-year-old Ger Doherty comes into the Finn Harps side tonight in place of the suspended McGinley. Tonight is his 31st career appearance against Dundalk. He has won seven, drawn six and lost fifteen of the previous 30 including a 3-2 defeat here on his last appearance three years ago this week.

  • It’s a big night for young defender Mayowa Animasahun. The former Glenmuir Utd player makes his first Dundalk start this evening on what is his 5th senior appearance for the club.

  • Michael Duffy makes his 200th appearance for Dundalk this evening. Like Peter Cherrie, he’s starting his 21st FAI Cup match for the club tonight.

  • There are also three changes for Finn Harps with Doherty, McEleney and two-goal hero Sean Boyd in for McGinley, Mustoe and Dunleavy.

  • Dundalk makes three changes from Friday’s drawn game with Animasahun, Leahy and Ben Amar coming in for Boyle, Cleary and Stanton. It hasn't been confirmed as to what players have COVID-19.

  • Good Evening from Oriel Park, for the first time since the 24th of February 2020 fans will be allowed into the ground with significant numbers. Things are far from perfect here at the home of football but let me tell you, seeing some of the familiar faces of the Oriel faithful coming into the ground is a sight for sore eyes.

Dundalk

14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
7Michael Duffy Midfielder 105'
9Patrick Hoban 39 Forward 97'
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
10Will Patching Midfielder
13Raivis Jurkovskis Defender
15Darragh Leahy Defender
16Sean Murray 37 Midfielder 39'
17Sami Ben Amar 31 Forward
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
24Mayowa Animasahun Defender
22Ebuka Kwelele Forward
37Enda Douglas 16 Defender
12Cameron Yates
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
31Mark Hanratty 17 Midfielder
36Jack Kavanagh Midfielder
38Michael Keyes Midfielder
39Jeff Nwodo 9 Midfielder

Finn Harps

40Gerard Doherty Goalkeeper
4Kosovar Sadiki Defender
5Dave Webster 21 Defender
7Karl O’Sullivan Forward
9Sean Boyd 19 Forward 6'
11Barry McNamee 17 Midfielder
14Mark Coyle Midfielder 75'
16Shane McEleney Defender
22Ryan Rainey 6 Midfielder
24Ethan Boyle Defender 7'
45Babatunde Owolabi 12 Forward
12Luke Rudden 45 Forward
6Ryan Connolly 22 Midfielder
8Johnny Dunleavy Defender
10Mark Timlin Midfielder
17Dan Hawkins 11 Forward
19Adam Foley 9 Forward
21Stephen Doherty 5 Midfielder
25Patrick McGarvey Goalkeeper
31Lee McLaughlin Defender

Past Meetings

(Quarter Final)
3 - 3
FAI Cup
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk

(Series 21)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Series 11)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk

(Series 2)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Series 14)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Series 5)
0 - 4
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk

Ground

Casey's Field (Oriel Park)
Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk No. 3 Urban, The Municipal District of Dundalk, County Louth, Leinster, A91 RC44, Ireland

Ciaran Callan is a part-time sports journalist based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He has more than 10 year’s experience working with media companies including both extensive radio broadcasting experience along with print and digital media reporting for the SSE Airtricity League as well digital media work with the national sports company eirSport. He joined FinalWhistle in February 2021 as is their main correspondent for Dundalk Football Club.