Super-six Rovers through as Ryan sees red
Shamrock Rovers cruised into the FAI Cup semi-finals -- bouncing back from conceding five in Dundalk -- by scoring six goals over 10-man Galway United in Tallaght.
However, the Hoops were helped on their way by an argument between referee Anthony Buttimer and combustible Galway keeper Barry Ryan, which saw the latter heading for an early bath after Rovers had taken a controversial 13th-minute lead.
Buttimer took exception to ex-Hoop Ryan's vociferous complaints as Thomas Stewart celebrated dispatching the opener into an empty net.
It was vacated because Ryan had emerged to challenge James Chambers after a dangerous Enda Stevens cross. The Clareman was unable to collect, and felt that Chambers had illegally prevented him from doing so.
His first comments to Buttimer warranted a yellow card; a few choice words later, a red card was shown.
Cash-strapped Galway's big evening developed into a damage-limitation exercise.
Shorn of his number one, Galway boss Sean Connor withdrew Philip Reilly and brought in young goalkeeper Darragh Geraghty. The reserve stopper could do little as the Hoops doubled their lead with a slick move that culminated in Tribesman left-full Rhys Meynell inadvertently converting a Stewart cross.
Galway's misery was compounded by a third goal from the hosts before the interval, although at least this was a goal of the month contender, Chambers curling the ball into the top corner from 20 yards.
Half-time sub Sean O'Connor was stretchered off within five minutes of the restart, and it was Chambers made it four with another superb long-range contribution.
Poor Geraghty was then helpless for the fifth, parrying a Dessie Baker effort into the path of Gary Twigg, who scored, before Baker added number six, leaving Galway with plenty of wounds to lick before they return to this venue for a league encounter next Friday.