Hoops and Swifts will play it all over again
Donegal Celtic 1-1 Dungannon Swifts
Dungannon Swifts survived in the JJB Sports Irish Cup — just about — now it’s survival in the Carling Premiership that concerns manager Darren Murphy.
The former Linfield player must take his cup heroes back to Donegal Celtic Park for a league battle next weekend, before facing the Wee Hoops in the replay on Monday.
With Celtic already safe in the league, the timing of the replay suits boss Stephen Small, who watched his men dominate this tie before conceding Conor Forker’s leveller in the 85th minute.
Ryan Henderson, who has now scored in every round for DC, put his side in front in the 47th minute.
It was only after his headed goal that Swifts came into the game and substitute Forker’s finish means Crusaders will have to wait to learn their semi-final opponents.
Murphy said: “I think over the course of the 90 minutes we deserved to get another opportunity from it. We created quite a few chances in the last 30 minutes but before that Donegal Celtic dominated.”
Frustrated Small said: “We probably just didn’t do enough to meet the standards we set previously; it was an off day.
“Our goal sparked them into chasing the game and we stood off instead of going for the second goal.”
JJB Sports Irish Cup semi final draw
Ballymena United v Linfield*
Donegal Celtic/Dungannon v Crusaders
*Subject to registration appeal
Games to be played on Saturday, March 31