Holders Dundalk FC drew 2-2 with Shamrock Rovers FC in a thrilling FAI Cup second-round game at Oriel Park.
The match was a repeat of last year's Cup semi-final at the same venue, which Dundalk won 4-0 on their way to claim the Republic of Ireland's premier knockout trophy. Striker Martin Reilly gave Dundalk the lead after 28 minutes, firing the ball into the top corner of the net after Donal Broughan headed the ball into his path from a left-wing corner. The hosts were well on top at that stage, but Rovers fought back to a win a penalty on the stroke of half time when Bryan McCrystal fouled Tony Grant. Mark Kenny slotted home from the spot.
Rovers enjoyed some good spells in the early stages of the second half, and took the lead on 65 minutes when Grant rounded Dundalk keeper John Connolly and slotted home from five metres. However, in an exciting finish, David Ward's 25-metre effort was fumbled over the line by Rovers keeper Tony O'Dowd in the 80th minute to give Dundalk a deserved equaliser. Both sides had chances to win the game in a dramatic final ten minutes, but a replay in Dublin next Tuesday is required to decide the tie.
In the night's other Cup tie, Limerick FC and Waterford United FC played out a 1-1 draw. Kevin O'Brien gave Waterford the lead on 43 minutes with a superb 25-metre strike. In the dying seconds, Limerick ensured the tie went to a replay with striker Stephen O'Flynn converting from the spot with the last kick of the game. The replay will take place in Waterford next Monday.
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