Friday 15 December 2017

Rovers hail Cab' to League Cup quarter-finals


shamrock Rovers boss Pat Fenlon was pleased to see his side ease into the next round of the EA Sports Cup with a 2-0 win away to Cabinteely, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

But the Hoops chief was most unhappy with the state of the pitch at Cabo's Stradbrook home.

Rovers fielded a weakened side and had to wait unitl the second half to get the breakthrough as Sean O'Connor (58 minutes) and Brandon Miele (64) came up with the goals to send Rovers through but Fenlon's not a fan of the away pitch.

"It's wrong, it's not right to ask top players, or any players, to play on it," Fenlon said of the southside venue.

"It's a rugby club so it's not Cabinteely's fault but if anyone thinks it's ok for players in this league to play on that - I would love to say a lot but I won't as you only get in trouble.

"But we are delighted to get through to the next round as we knew it would be a tough game coming here."

Meanwhile, struggling Sligo Rovers crashed out to Derry City in extra-time at the Showgrounds to put more pressure on manager Owen Heary.

Sligo had to play the extra period with 10 men after Danny Ledwith was red-carded in the 78th minute, and League Cup specialists Derry made their numerical advantage count in the 103rd minute through Séamus Sharkey.

Then his fellow Donegal man Mark Timlin hit Derry's second to condemn Sligo to yet another defeat, the fourth successive loss and Sligo badly need a lift from their next game, away to Galway United on Friday.

At the RSC, First Division Waterford United were over-powered 2-0 by their Munster rivals Cork City.

Ross Gaynor gave the visitors the lead on 47 minutes courtesy of a penalty, and Rob Lehane doubled Cork's lead in the 78th minute as John Caulfield's side progressed to the quarter-finals.

At Eamon Deacy Park, Galway United beat Cockhill Celtic 4-2 to advance.

Tonight: EA Sports Cup second round

(All games 7.45pm)

Crumlin United v St Patrick's Athletic, Richmond Park; Dundalk v Shelbourne, Oriel Park; Bohemians v Longford Town, Dalymount Park; UCC v Cobh Ramblers.

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