Dundalk FC's Ronan Murray. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Leinster Senior Cup QF
Shamrock Rovers 0-1 Dundalk FC
Dundalk FC qualified for the last four of the Leinster Senior Cup tonight, defeating Shamrock Rovers 1-0 at Tallaght Stadium.
Ronan Murray, the only player to feature in Friday night's league victory over Cork City to play here, scored the match's only goal on 25 minutes, finishing tidily to the net from inside the box after good work by Carlton Ubaezuonu - who has returned from his loan spell with Galway United.
The Mayoman had a good opportunity to open the scoring earlier in the half, only to be denied by a superb challenge by Rovers defender Luke Byrne, while Marco Tagbajumi also had a go at the target for the Lilywhites, who led 1-0 at the break.
Rovers upped their levels after half-time with Gabriel Sava having to be on his toes, though Ubaezuono came closest to scoring a second goal as injury-time approached. Home custodian Kian Clarke smothered the ball at his feet, however, as the one goal proved enough.
The only negative on the night for Stephen Kenny will be the injury suffered by John Mountney in the second half. The midfielder went off after 63 minutes.
Shamrock Rovers: Kian Clarke, Emmanuel Lawal, Ally Gilchrist, Eric Ebulu, Luke Byrne, Brandon Miele (Evan White 67), Aaron Bolger, Cian Collins, Evan Smithers, Dean Williams, Seán Boyd
Subs not used: Adam Kenny (gk), Richie English, Kenny Cunningham, Darragh O'Connor, Adam O'Connor
Dundalk FC: Gabriel Sava; Karl Fitzsimons, Gavin Smith, Georgie Poynton, Dean Jarvis; Jack O'Keefe (Cian Flynn 82), John Mountney (Jordan Maguire 63), Karolis Chvedukas, Carlton Ubaezuono; Ronan Murray, Marco Tagbajumi
Subs not used: Ross Treacy (gk), Kyle Molloy, Kevin Kelly, Adam Finnegan
Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin)