Holders Derry City ease past Longford Town into EA Sports Cup quarter-finals
Timmy Molloy’s stunning late strike steers UCD past Shelbourne at Tolka Park
Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe opened the scoring for Derry City in the EA Sports Cup tie against Longford Town at the Brandywell. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
First-half strikes from Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe and Eoghan Stokes eased holders Derry City into the EA Sports Cup quarter-finals as they had too much for First Division promotion hopefuls Longford Town, beating them 3-0 at the Brandywell.
The 11-times record winners of the competition had the edge from the start against a Longford side that made 11 changes from their win over Shelbourne last Saturday.
The home side were ahead on 19 minutes when Ogedi-Uzokwe headed home a Jamie McDonagh cross.
Stokes’s goal was all his own work when it arrived on 38 minutes, cutting in off the left flank before curling a shot to the net.
A stunning last-minute strike from Timmy Molloy put UCD deservedly through to the last eight as they came from behind to beat surprise First Division strugglers Shelbourne 2-1 at Tolka Park.
With referee Alan Patchell’s watch on 90 minutes, and the game looking set for extra-time, midfielder Molloy took possession some 25 yards out and cracked a right-foot shot to corner of Colin McCabe’s net.
Played in by Yoyo Mahdy’s sublime through ball, the Republic of Ireland under-21 international sprinted down the middle for a composed finish, sweeping the ball home off his left foot.