Georgie Kelly helped Dundalk win the EA Sports Cup at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium after thrilling 2-2 encounter against Derry City.
The Tooban man was a late second-half substitution as the Lilywhites kept their domestic treble dreams alive following a 6-5 victory in a penalty shoot-out.
Patrick Hoban, Michael Duffy, Daniel Clery, Dean Jarvis, Sean Hoare and Chris Shields scored from the spot for Dundalk and even though Cherrie saved from Robbie Benson it was to no avail.
Jack Malone’s spot-kick was saved by Aaron McCarey and Ally Gilchrist hit the crossbar as Derry were sunk, despite Jamie McDonagh, Barry McNamee, Michael McCrudden, Ciaron Harkin and Eoin Toal converting their penalties.
In normal time, goals from David Parkhouse and Junior Ogedi Uzokwe were cancelled out by Michael Duffy and Sean Gannon.
Kelly kept Dundalk ticking over in gruelling extra-time and while a treble is still a distant prospect for Perth’s side, they have hit their first target.