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Saturday 16 December 2017

McCormack penalty writes off Pat's

CONOR McCormack scored the decisive spot-kick as Shamrock Rovers advanced to the EA Sports Cup semi-final following a penalty shoot-out victory over bitter Dublin rivals St Patrick's Athletic in Inchicore.

Killian Brennan's first-half opener for Rovers was cancelled out by Sean O'Connor before the break and the sides could not be separated over 90 minutes, forcing extra-time which finished 1-1.

James Chambers was the first to miss for St Pats, and then Rovers' Aaron Greene, before Reyaad Pieterse saved Ian Daly's spot-kick leaving McCormack to send the Hoops through.



North and Cretaro doubles sink Derry

SLIGO Rovers attackers Danny North and Rafael Cretaro both netted twice as they knocked holders Derry City from the competition with an emphatic 4-0 win at the Showgrounds.

Three of the four goals came in the closing 12 minutes after the Candystripes had been reduced to 10 men. Cretaro started the scoring on 50 minutes after being released by North's clever flick, North himself grabbing the second after capitalising on a rebound after his saved penalty.

Rory Patterson was sent off as a result of the penalty incident, and the floodgates opened late on with Cretaro and North both grabbing their second goals of the game.



Scannell sets goals

IRELAND B cap Sean Scannell is determined to deliver for his new club, Huddersfield Town, following his move from Crystal Palace.

The London-born striker, capped nine times at U21 level and once at B level, has ended his long spell with the Eagles and moved to newly promoted Huddersfield for an undisclosed fee.

"I'm more than happy to have got everything sorted out regarding the move and I'm looking forward to getting the next stage of my career under way," says Scannell. "I'm ready to give everything I can to be part of the team here and I'd like to think I can entertain the fans."



Wolves cool on Carr

CHAMPIONSHIP side Wolves have dismissed reports that they are chasing former Ireland man Stephen Carr.

The veteran is out of contract with Birmingham City and has yet to sign a new deal, leading to speculation that he was on his way to Wolves, but that's been ruled out by the club. Chief executive Jez Moxey said: "It's not true -- there's no interest from us in signing Stephen Carr."



Leeds sign Irish teen

LEEDS UNITED have completed the signing of Ireland U16 star Eoghan Stokes.

The striker from St Kevin's Boys was being tracked by a number of British clubs, but Leeds have managed to tempt him to Elland Road and Stokes will begin his apprenticeship next month.



Crawley in demand

LONGFORD Town defender Thomas Crawley could be in line for a move to the UK.

Leicester City and Coventry City have been keeping tabs on the full-back and will decide whether to make a formal bid over the next month.

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