Setanta Cup: First Round First Leg Roundup

Cork City recorded a resounding 4-0 win over Northern Irish counterparts Cliftonville, but Shamrock Rovers suffered defeat in their first competitive game of the season

Cork City 4-0 Cliftonville
Cork City recorded a comfortable victory over an under-strength Cliftonville side at Turners Cross, essentially sealing their Setanta Cup First Round tie in the first leg.

The hosts took an early lead through Gearoid Morrissey's long-range effort, and then doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark from the spot. Ian Turner tucked away the penalty after Neal Horgan was fouled in the area. Turner struck his second on the stroke of half-time with a free-kick.

Cork continued their dominance after the break, and despite taking their foot off the pedal late in the game, added another as Daryl Kavanagh headed home with 20 minutes remaining.

Drogheda United 3-2 Portadown
An exciting tie at Hunky Dorys Park saw Drogheda United emerge as narrow winners, with Gary Twigg returning to a League of Ireland ground for the first time since leaving Shamrock Rovers at the end of the last season.

Twigg did not get on the scoresheet, but fans of both sides had goals to savour in the opening 45 minutes. Ryan Brennan gave Drogs the lead after just eight minutes, before Paul O'Connor added a second just six minutes later.

However, the sides went in level at the break. Aaron Burns' header getting Portadown back into the game before Kevin Braniff's long-range effort squared things up in the 44th minute. An even second half saw Drogheda come out as first leg victors thanks to Gavin Brennan's goal, which was set up by his brother Ryan after some unselfish play by O'Connor.
Shamrock Rovers 0-1 Coleraine
A close encounter at Tallaght Stadium saw Irish League side Coleraine take away a narrow victory ahead of next Monday's second-leg tie at the Showgrounds.

Mark Quigley was lively in his first competitive start for the Hoops, but did not really test Bannsiders goalkeeper Michael Doherty. Just moments after being introduced due to a first half injury, Paul Scullion gave Coleraine the lead, sneaking the ball in under the bar after fine play by Paul Owens.

Quigley's debut lasted less than 60 minutes as his shooting let him down on a number of occasions, but replacement Gary McCabe fared little better up front for Rovers. The Dubliner did have a chance to level the tie right at the death, but was kept out by an excellent save from Doherty.
St Patrick's Athletic 0-0 Glentoran
Glentoran will be the happiest of the supporters at Richmond Park, coming away from their first leg tie with a scoreless draw.

The visitors looked to be the better of the two sides in the first-half, but it was Pat's who almost took the lead when Conor Kenna rippled the side-netting from Conan Byrne's corner. Glens forward Richard Gibson should have done better with an opportunity before half-time, but allowed Brendan Clarke to scramble back after the goalkeeper had gifted the visitors a great chance.

The second-half had more of a pre-season feel to it with both sides making a number of substitutions, and neither team really gaining a foothold of the game. Anthony Flood had the best chance of the half, but Elliott Morris did well to keep out his driven effort.