Hoops suffer nightmare in the west

Sligo Rovers 1 Shamrock Rovers 0

Sligo Rovers 1 Shamrock Rovers 0

Eoin Doyle put his former club to the sword as holders Sligo Rovers booked their semi-final berth in the FAI Ford Cup.

Before a near capacity crowd of 3,200 at the Showgrounds, Dubliner Doyle struck for what proved the winner on 22mins as Sligo repeated their rousing win in last year's final by beating their Dublin rivals.

Doyle, who had failed to punish a mistake by Hoops' skipper Dan Murray two minutes earlier, made amends when firing home after great approach play involving John Russell, Joseph Ndo and Aaron Greene who provided the cross.

Hoops’ Karl Sheppard had brought an early save from Brendan Clarke and also had an effort cleared off the line by Iarfhlaith Davoren. Conor McCormack then fluffed Hoops’ best chance of the first half on 35mins.

Sligo were incensed two minutes into the second half when a clear handball by Hoops’ Stephen O’Donnell wasn’t given by Cork referee Alan Kelly.

Home captain Richie Ryan then came close to doubling the lead on 72mins when his free-kick came back of the Hoops' crossbar.

Richard Brush prevented Doyle getting his second of the night seven minutes later with a terrific save after another incisive attack involving Ndo and Davoren.

Hoops had a shout for a handball inside the area in stoppage time, but Sligo fully deserved their place in the last four.

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