Shamrock Rovers 2 Drogheda United 0
Goals early in each half from Gary McCabe and Tommy Stewart saw Shamrock Rovers lift the EA Sports Cup at Tallaght Stadium to remain on course for a hat-trick of cup wins this season.
Having lost 7-1 to Rovers in the final of the Setanta Sports Cup at the same venue in May, Drogheda put in a far better performance, but simply didn’t get the rub of the green over the 90 minutes.
Indeed, there was some element of good fortunate about both Rovers’ goals as both sides finished with 10 men before a crowd of 3,820.
A bright start by Drogheda counted for nothing as Rovers took the lead on 11 minutes.
Shane Grimes was somewhat harshly adjudged to have tripped McCabe in the area to concede a penalty.
Grimes was booked for his protest before McCabe scored emphatically from the spot.
With more dynamism to their play from the start of the second half, Drogheda were close to levelling three minutes in.
David Cassidy’s low cross from the left ran all the way to the far side for the inrushing Mick Daly whose shot was bravely saved by Rovers’ keeper Barry Murphy.
But Drogheda fell further behind on 57 minutes. A block tackle by Paul O’Conor on Richie Ryan resulted in the Drogheda midfielder inadvertently playing Stewart in on goal and the striker showed good composure to side-foot to the far corner of the net past ‘keeper Micheal Schlingermann.
Drogheda chased the game thereafter with Rovers reduced to ten men on 68 minutes when central defender Ken Oman received a second yellow card after Declan O’Brien appeared to fall very easily under his challenge.
Drogheda had claims for a penalty on 83 minutes when Cassidy went down as Murphy saved at his feet, but Clare referee Padraigh Sutton waved away their claims.
From the resulting corner, Cassidy produce a stunning bicycle kick which was deflected out for another corner off the head of Rovers’ substitute David Elebert.
Drogheda then had central defender Derek Prendergast shown a straight red card for a foul on Rovers' Sean O’Connor on 86 minutes.
Eamon Zayed almost added a third goal for Rovers deep in stoppage time but his shot came back off the Drogheda crossbar.