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Shamrock Rovers set up a semi-final tie with Cork City after beating Linfield, while a late Drogheda United goal sends them through to play Sligo Rovers

Drogheda United 2-1 Derry City
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Brandywell, Drogheda United and Derry City played out a tight game at Hunky Dorys Park with Ryan Brennan scoring a stoppage-time goal to see the hosts progress.

Derry City were on top for large parts of the first half, but almost found themselves behind on the stroke of half-time. A poor pass from Barry Molloy saw Ryan McBride under pressure, and the defender was forced to take out Gary O'Neill with the striker bearing down on goal. O'Neill's penalty kick was poor, and the sides went in level.

McBride received his marching orders just after the break for a bad tackle on O'Neill, which forced the Drogheda United man to leave on a stretcher. Ten-man Derry took the lead on 64 minutes through Michael Rafter, but Drogs struck back within four minutes as Derek Prendergast slotted the ball home.

The victory for Drogheda sets up a semi-final clash with Airtricity Premier Division champions Sligo Rovers.
Glentoran 0-3 Sligo Rovers
A much-changed Sligo Rovers side eased into the last four of the Setanta Sports Cup with a 8-0 aggregate win over Glentoran.

Raffaele Cretaro squandered an early chance for the Bit o' Red, hitting the post in front of an open goal, but the visitors went ahead after just seven minutes when Lee Lynch struck from range. Cretaro atoned for his earlier wastefulness with a decent finish for Sligo's second on 25 minutes.

Glentoran looked much sharper in the second- alf with both Jimmy Callacher and Martin Murray forcing good saves from Sligo keeper Gary Rogers. Substitute Liam Martin added a third for Sligo with five minutes remaining to seal their passage into the last four.
Linfield 1-3 Shamrock Rovers
Linfield failed to overturn a three-goal first-leg deficit despite taking a first-half lead at Windsor Park.

Linfield looked lively from the outset, and looked to have given themselves a lifeline on 26 minutes when a header from David Armstrong put the hosts ahead. However, the lead was short-lived with the Hoops equalising six minutes later through Thomas Stewart's strike from the edge of the area.

Peter Thompson went close just after half time, but a second goal from Stewart ended any chance of a Linfield comeback. Billy Dennehy added a third for Rovers 10 minutes from time, with a weak shot trickling under Ross Glendenning.

Off the field, the PSNI were forced to step in as trouble erupted in the stands between the two sets of supporters.

Shamrock Rovers take on Cork City in the semi-final after their 7-2 aggregate win.

 

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