Finn Harps are through to a home Ford FAI Cup quarter-final meeting with Drogheda following this replay victory over a Cobh side that finished with nine players at St Colman’s Park last night.
The Donegal side struck with two goals in a four minute first-half spell.
They jumped in front from the penalty spot in the 34th minute. Striker Kevin McHugh was brought down in the area by Ramblers’ defender Craig Burns and McHugh dispatched the spot kick with ease.
Soon afterwards Lee Toland belted home a 20 yard free kick after Brendan Frahill handled to give Harps a 2-0 lead at the break.
Frahill, who was booked in that incident, was sent off when shown a second yellow card in the 66th minute for a foul tackle.
Ramblers would finish with nine men when midfielder Roy Kenny was shown a straight red card for a bad tackle on Harps full-back James Doherty, before substitute Paul McVeigh scored a third Harp goal on 80 minutes.
Michael Funston completed the scoring for Peter Hutton’s side in stoppage time.
COBH RAMBLERS: Hallahan; Frahill,Burns, Fitzgerald, Meade; O’Flynn (Bharndarkar, 59), Kenny, Carson, Deady; Rocks, O’Neill.
FINN HARPS:Gallagher; J Doherty, Cowan, Mailey, Coll; Coll; Funston, McCowan (McCann, 86), Forker,Toland; McCarron (McVeigh, 62), McHugh (M Doherty, 86).
Referee: A Mullally (Waterford).