FAI Cup quarter-finals: Derry City put seven past Mervue United

Derry City, Dundalk, and Shelbourne all advanced to the last four of the FAI Ford Cup, while St Pat's and Drogheda will have to meet again

Bohemians 0-1 Dundalk

Dundalk put their dour league for behind them to cause an upset at Dalymount Park, beating Bohemians by a single goal.

Neither side could gain a foothold into the game in the first half, with chances few and far between. Bohemians were on top possession-wise, but failed to create much going forward.

Dundalk improved after the break, while Bohs had a penalty shout turned down when Keith Ward went down in the box. Referee Derek Tomney ordered Ward to his feet and issued a yellow card for diving.

A well taken free-kick at the other end from Mark Griffin 15 minutes from time gave Dundalk the only goal of the game, and sent the relegation candidates into the semi final.

Derry City 7-1 Mervue United

A Mark Farren hat-trick inspired Derry City to a 7-1 victory over First Division strugglers Mervue United at the Brandywell.

Derry dominated from the outset, and took the lead after just a quarter of an hour as David McDaid headed in a corner. Mark Farren added a second on 35 minutes before Patrick McEleney scored from the half-way line just before half time.

Pat Hoban got one back for Mervue early in the second half, but that failed to turn the tide. Three goals in five minutes saw David McDaid get his second and Mark Farren reach his hat-trick. Ryan Curran made it 7-1 with just over 10 minutes to go to give Derry City the biggest win in the FAI Cup since Shamrock Rovers' 6-0 demolition of UCD last year.

Shelbourne 2-1 Shamrock Rovers

Two goals from Philip Hughes saw Shelbourne reach the last four of the FAI Cup for the second year running, defeating Shamrock Rovers 2-1 at Tolka Park following the sacking of Rovers' manager Stephen Kenny.

Philly Hughes and Philip Gorman linked up well for Shels in the opening stages, testing Oscar Jansson on a couple of occasions before Philly Hughes broke the deadlock in the 30th minute. Hughes had a great chance to double Shelbourne's lead just before half time but was hacked down by Ken Oman when through on goal. Oman was sent off and the Hoops had to play the remainder with 10 men.

Killian Brennan worked hard for the visitors as he tried to pry open Shelbourne's defence, but the game's second goal came at the other end when Philly Hughes headed in Paddy Kavanagh's cross. Ciaran Kilduff's free kick ended up in the net in stoppage time, but by then it was too late for the Hoops.

St Patrick's Athletic 0-0 Drogheda United

St. Patrick's Athletic and Drogheda United will have to play again as the FAI Ford Cup quarter-final tie at Richmond Park finished scoreless.

Pat's had the better start to the game, but Drogheda had the first real chance with Paul Crowley heading over from close range. Vinny Faherty forced Gabriel Sava into a save after half an hour, but really should have done better with his shot.

Chris Forrester had the ball in the Drogheda net in the second half, but the goal was ruled out by Paul Tuite as Forrester handled the ball in the build-up. Greg Bolger forced Sava into a fantastic save near the end, as no winner could be found. The replay will take place at Hunky Dorys Park on Monday evening.