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Daniel Kelly hat-trick books Dundalk FC’s place in FAI Cup semi-finals

Daniel Kelly hat-trick books Dundalk FC’s place in FAI Cup semi-finals

Daniel Kelly scored a superb first-half hat-trick as Dundalk FC beat Waterford FC 3-1 at the RSC last night to book their place in the semi-finals of the FAI Cup.

Vinny Perth’s side will now face either Sligo Rovers, Shamrock Rovers or the winners of Crumlin Utd and Bohemian FC in the last four of the competition.

Dundalk made the breakthrough on nine minutes with Kelly finishing from close range following a drilled cross from the right by Patrick Hoban.

The pair then combined again for the second on 23 minutes with Hoban’s ball down the right channel playing Kelly in to slot calmly past Matthew Connor in the Waterford FC goal.

Kelly then completed his hat-trick on 33 minutes when he headed in from close range from Patrick McEleney’s cross.

Waterford had a fantastic chance to pull a goal back three minutes later when they were awarded a penalty but Shane Duggan’s spot kick was saved by Aaron McCarey.

They did manage to make it 3-1 on 56 minutes when a clearance came off Maxim Kouogun before looping to the net.

The home side pushed hard for a way back into the game after that but couldn’t find the goals needed to force a replay.

It’s onto another semi-final for Dundalk, who are next in action on Saturday night when they travel to the Brandywell to face Derry City in the EA Sports Cup final.

Waterford FC: Matthew Connor; Rory Feely, Kenny Browne, Maxim Kouogun, Kevin Lynch; Georgie Poynton, Sam Bone (O’Halloran, 77); Walter Figueira, Shane Duggan (Lunney, 68), Will Fitzgerald (Galvin, 60); Michael O’Connor.

Dundalk FC: Aaron McCarey; Cameron Dummigan (Gannon, 72), Brian Gartland, Sean Hoare, Dane Massey; Patrick McEleney, Chris Shields; Daniel Kelly (Benson, 69), Jamie McGrath, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Kelly, 80).

Referee: Paul Tuite