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Big wins for Sligo and Shamrock Rovers, as well as an aggregate win for Cork City mean that the four Setanta Cup semi-finalists could all be League of Ireland sides


Crusaders 1-3 Cork City
Cork City advanced to the semi-final of the Setanta Sports Cup with a 4-1 aggregate win over Irish League side Crusaders.

Three second-half goals from the Leesiders saw them advance to the last four in the night's only second leg. After a scoreless opening 45 minutes, Daryl Horgan and Daryl Kavanagh scored quickfire goals to put the game beyond doubt. Paul Heatley pulled one back before David Magowan put the ball into his own net.

Cork City will now turn their focus to the league where they meet rivals Limerick at Thomond Park this weekend.

Derry City 1-1 Drogheda United
The only all-League of Ireland tie ended in a draw as Declan O'Brien grabbed a point for travelling Drogheda United.

Derry City opened the scoring after just ten minutes, as Rory Patterson's low free-kick beat Gabriel Sava to put the home side ahead. The hosts had a couple of penalty appeals turned down and had a number of chances to double their lead, but were punished after the restart when Declan O'Brien levelled for the Louth side.

Derry City host league champions Sligo Rovers on Friday evening, before travelling to Hunky Dorys Park on Monday for the second leg.
Shamrock Rovers 4-1 Linfield
Linfield suffered a heavy defeat at Tallaght Stadium, seeing Ronan Finn lead the Hoops to glory.

A lively opening period saw the hosts take the lead when Ronan Finn tapped home a rebound, before turning provider for Ciaran Kilduff's first just before the half-time whistle. Billy Joe Burns scored to get Linfield back into the game, but further goals from Kilduff and Stephen Rice sealed the tie.

Linfield need at least three goals at Windsor Park on Monday night to stand any chance of progressing.
Sligo Rovers 5-0 Glentoran
League of Ireland champions Sligo Rovers got their 2013 season off to a winning start with an easy victory over Glentoran.

Leading 4-0 at half-time, Sligo controlled the quarter final first leg from start to finish and were far too strong for their northern opponents. Lee Lynch and Anthony Elding scored early on for the Bit o' Red before Ryan Connolly, a second from Lynch, and a header from Evan McMillan gave Sligo a comfortable win.

Sligo start their league campaign on Friday with a trip to Derry City.

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