Coleraine hearts broken by late Dundalk winner

Coleraine's Ruairi Harkin with Dundalk's John Mountney at the Showgrounds
Coleraine's Ruairi Harkin with Dundalk's John Mountney at the Showgrounds


(Dundalk win 4-3 on aggregate)

For the second year in succession a late goal sent Coleraine crashing out of the Setanta Cup.

Stephen O’Donnell’s 92nd minute strike earned Dundalk a 4-3 aggregate win at The Showgrounds.

The home side started brightly with Eoin Bradley and Gareth Tommons forcing Peter Cherrie into action in the first six minutes.

Dundalk responded with Richie Towell drawing a smart save out of Eugene Ferry from distance. The former Derry City man got down well at the near post to push away Towell’s low shot.

Six minutes after the restart Patrick Hoban finished from close range to put the visitors in front on the night and tie the game on aggregate.

Dundalk spurned a great chance to grab a second on 70 minutes as Meenan picked out Towell at the back post, but his looping header only found the roof of the net.

Two minutes into stoppage time up popped O’Donnell to fire in from 25 yards after Hoban had teed him up on the edge of the box and break the Bannsiders hearts.

Coleraine: Ferry, Canning, McNeill, Beverland, Douglas, Harkin, Lowry, Tommons, Owens (McIlmoyle 80), McDaid, Bradley (Hegarty 66).

Subs: Shannon, Ogilby, Browne, Watt, Jennings.

Dundalk: Cherrie, Rossiter (Byrne 79), Massey, Boyle, Shields, O’Donnell, Mountney (Horgan 57), Towell, Meenan, Hoban, McMillan (Griffin 84).

Subs: Gannon, Higgins, Kelly, Sava.

Referee: Raymond Hetherington.