Dundalk secured the first leg of a potential treble by defeating Derry City on penalties at the end of a thrilling EA Sports League Cup tie at the Brandywell.
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Dundalk won 6-5 on penalties
Chris Shields hit the winning spot kick after Ally Gilchrist had struck the crossbar in sudden death to break Derry City hearts, the hosts having played over an hour with ten men after Grant Gillespie’s second half dismissal.
Derry got off to a sensational start by finding the net on their first attack with barely two minutes on the clock. Barry McNamee’s cross fell kindly for Junior Ogedi whose first time shot was saved by Aaron McCarey, but the ball spilled loose and David Parkhouse was first to it, lashing the ball into the net.
The pressure was relentless from Dundalk in response and they drew level on 38 minutes thanks to a beauty from Michael Duffy. Sean Hoare’s driven pass forward was controlled by Jamie McGrath into the path of Duffy and the Derry man curled a glorious effort around Peter Cherrie and into the net to bring the visitors level.
City stunned Dundalk by restoring their lead early in the second half. McNamee was at the heart of everything positive for Derry and it was he who set Junior away on the right whose shot took a massive deflection off Sean Hoare to leave McCarey completely flat-footed as the ball trickled into the net to make it 2-1.
The game took another dramatic turn on 57 minutes, and just five minutes after receiving a yellow card, Grant Gillespie went in very late on Dane Massey, giving referee Hennessey no option but to produce the red card.
Dundalk dominated thereafter and the equalising goal came on 69 minutes and again it was Duffy who had too much for Derry, spinning into the penalty area before shooting straight at Cherrie who couldn’t hold the ball, spilling it straight into the path of Sean Gannon who fired home for 2-2.
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