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Shamrock Rovers beat Limerick FC 4-1 to qualify for their first League of Ireland Cup Final in 13 years, where they will meet Drogheda United

Stephen Kenny's second-string Shamrock Rovers side easily overcame First Division opponents Limerick FC to set up a EA Sports Cup Final with Drogheda United.

Despite making nine changes from the starting XI that beat UCD on Friday, Shamrock Rovers looked the better side for long periods of the match. The Hoops took a deserved lead on 23 minutes when Killian Brennan centred the ball for Sean Gannon after some neat interplay between Ciaran Kilduff and Conor Powell.

Limerick could have had a penalty just before half time, but referee Paul Tuite waved play on after Reyaad Pieterse took out Denis Behan in the area. Rovers remained the better side after the break, and a double from Ciaran Kilduff, who was making a rare start for the Hoops, sealed the tie.

Kilduff made it 2-0 on 66 minutes after a good cross from Billy Dennehy, and added his second 12 minutes later after Gary O'Neill played him in on goal. Jeffrey Judge pulled one back for Limerick with three minutes to go, but a goal from Billy Dennehy ruled out any chance of a late, late comeback for Limerick.

The Hoops have only won the League of Ireland Cup once despite appearing in six finals, and will be looking for their first win since 1977 when they meet Drogheda United in the 2012 Final on September 22nd.

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