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Setanta Sports Cup quarter-final second-leg preview

Setanta Sports Cup quarter-final second-leg preview

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Linfield and Glentoran face mammoth tasks as they each seek to overturn heavy first-leg defeats, while Drogheda United and Derry City clash in a tight affair

Drogheda United v Derry City (1-1)
Mick Cooke's Drogheda United will aim to bounce back from their 1-0 league defeat to St Patrick's Athletic on Friday by beating Derry City and securing their place in the semi-final of the Setanta Sports Cup.The Drogs scored an away goal in the first leg at the Brandywell and will be without Alan McNally who is sidelined with a knee injury but will otherwise have a full panel to choose from.

Derry City, meanwhile, also suffered defeat in the opening league game of the season, losing 1-0 at home to Sligo Rovers. Last year's finalists will be without Stuart Greacen, who sustained a knee injury, while new signings Sean Houston and Paddy Kavanagh are also out of contention. However, team captain Kevin Deery returns to the fold after serving a suspension
Linfield v Shamrock Rovers (1-4)
Shamrock Rovers take a healthy three-goal advantage with them to Windsor Park for the second leg but will have to contend with the absence of suspended defensive duo Conor Powell and Pat Sullivan, while striker Mark Quigley is missing with a calf problem.

Linfield drew 1-1 with Lisburn Distillery at the weekend and will be without the services of Philip Lowry, Johnny Black and Alan Blayney for the tie, which is the first competitive meeting between the two clubs at Windsor Park since the first round of the European Cup in 1984.
Glentoran v Sligo Rovers (0-5)
Glentoran will have to score six goals without reply at the Oval if they are to overturn the five-goal advantage held by Ian Baraclough's side.

Eddie Patterson has no real injury concerns and may take the opportunity to rest players during the game which is heavily tipped in Sligo's favour.

The Bit o' Red will have to make do without Aaron Greene and Danny North but welcome back Lee Lynch who has recovered from an illness.

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