Hoops hit Students for six to seal Sligo tie
SHAMROCK Rovers are still fighting on three fronts after trouncing UCD by six in the FAI Cup fourth round.
The Students were blown out of the water in the opening half and were no match for the Hoops, who advance to a quarter-final meeting with defending champions Sligo Rovers.
A Billy Dennehy hat-trick coupled with goals from Chris Turner, Gary McCabe and Gary O'Neill saw Michael O'Neill's men cruise to victory.
The quarter-final meeting with Sligo offers the Hoops a chance to avenge last year's FAI Cup final penalty defeat at the hands of the Connacht outfit.
The rout began with a penalty on five minutes after UCD captain Michael Leahy was penalised for handling a Dennehy cross, which the winger coolly dispatched.
UCD began to self-destruct and went further behind on 19 minutes when Turner headed home for Rovers.
Things went from bad to worse for the students as Leahy was sent off for pulling O'Neill back inside the area. McCabe stepped up to slot home the resultant penalty.
UCD's only chance of note was a 30-yard belter from Paul Corry, which brought the best out of Richard Brush in the Rovers' goal, but Rovers would go into the interval four goals to the good after Dennehy blasted a rebound low past UCD keeper Ger Barron.
Dennehy had a number of chances to secure his hat-trick before he eventually did so on 71 minutes when he converted a Paddy Kavanagh cross.
The misery was completed for UCD deep into injury time as O'Neill got on the scoresheet.