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Galway shock Dundalk to reach final
04 Aug 2015 10:10
Galway United 0-0 Dundalk (Galway win on penalties after extra-time)
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Goalkeeper Ger Hanley was the Galway United hero as the Tribesmen claimed an EA Sports Cup semi-final shoot-out win over Dundalk at Eamonn Deacy Park.
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Hanley saved penalties from Ronan Finn and David McMillan as Tommy Dunne's side defeated the Lilywhites.
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Stephen Walsh, David O'Leary, Jake Keegan, and Colm Horgan all converted spot-kicks for Galway United. Daryl Horgan and John Mountney netted for Dundalk, but Hanley was the star for the battling Galway side.
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Chances were scarce during the opening period in which a depleted United outfit competed well against Dundalk.
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In the 16th minute, Galway midfielder Alex Byrne rifled a long-range shot over the bar for the gritty Tribesmen, who were battling honestly.
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The visitors went close in the 26th minute when Mountney forced Hanley to make a fine save.
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On the half hour mark, Paddy Barrett headed over following a clever Darren Meenan free-kick as the teams departed level at the break.
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That nearly changed two minutes after the restart as Stephen Walsh fizzed a shot wide following a Samuel Oji clearance.
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Then in the 63rd minute, Dundalk goalkeeper Gabriel Sava made a splendid save from a deflected Gary Shanahan shot.
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Dundalk carved an opportunity themselves in the 75th minute as Sean Gannon's cross found Shane Grimes, who was thwarted by a brilliant Hanley reflex save.
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Galway substitute David O'Leary crafted space for Jake Keegan after 81 minutes, but the New Yorker's effort went inches wide and extra-time was required.
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A smashing 98th-minute move featuring Walsh and Byrne ended with Colm Horgan unleashing a shot, which Sava gathered before Hanley emerged as the key figure in Galway's triumph.
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Galway United: Ger Hanley; Cormac Raftery, Samuel Oji, Killian Cantwell, Colm Horgan; Gary Shanahan, Alex Byrne, Paul Sinnott, Jason Molloy (David O’Leary, 77); Jake Keegan, Stephen Walsh.
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Subs not used: Kevin Horgan, Conor Melody, Aron McConnell.
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Dundalk: Gabriel Sava; Sean Gannon, Paddy Barrett, Paul Finnegan, Shane Grimes; George Poynton, Conor McDonald (David McMillan, 62); John Mountney, Ronan Finn, Darren Meenan; Kurtis Byrne (Daryl Horgan, 71).
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Subs not used: Gary Rogers, Anton Reilly, Michael O’Connor, Carlton Ubaezuonu, Alan McQuillan.
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Referee: Ray Mathews (Westmeath).
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