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Saturday 25 November 2017

Holders Fingal dumped out

St Patrick's Athletic dumped holders Sporting Fingal out of the FAI Ford Cup with a 3-1 quarter-final victory at Richmond Park yesterday.

Pat's took the lead on 22 minutes when Ryan Guy dispossessed Kenny Browne and fired a fierce shot past Fingal goalkeeper Darren Quigley. Damian Lynch headed in the second for Pat's on 52 minutes but Shaun Williams pulled one back for Fingal a minute later with a long-range shot past Gary Rogers.

Fingal sub Glen Crowe's header on 73 minutes was ruled out by ref Richie Winter before Vinny Faherty met man-of-the-match Danny North's pass to curl in the Saints' third on 86 minutes.

Rovers book semi-final date

Last year's finalists Sligo Rovers are back in the semi-finals of the FAI Ford Cup after a 3-0 win over Monaghan last night.

Rovers took the lead at the Showgrounds on 25 minutes, when Conor McMahon handled in the area and Alan Keane fired home from the spot.

The second arrived just 30 seconds after the restart when Joseph Ndo capitalised on a mistake from a Monaghan defender and set up Romuald Boco to score from close range.

Substitute Mark McGoldrick put the icing on the cake with his first goal for the club in injury-time.

Mackie double flattens Foxes

QPR continued their unbeaten start and moved five points clear at the top of the Championship after Jamie Mackie's double gave them a 2-0 win over Leicester.

Neil Warnock's side took the lead after only 12 minutes when Adel Taarabt's cross picked out Mackie and he sent a bullet header past Carl Ikeme. Leicester thought they should have had a penalty in the second half when Steven Howard appeared to be elbowed but nothing was given -- to the fury of the Foxes players and fans alike.

QPR wrapped up the victory with four minutes remaining when Mackie beat the challenge of Michael Morrison before firing in his eighth goal of the season.

Ipswich show delights Keane

Ipswich boss Roy Keane was delighted his players' response to their midweek disappointment after they beat Cardiff 2-0.

Town were thumped 3-0 by leaders QPR on Tuesday night but bounced back by sinking City at Portman Road to leapfrog the Welsh side into second place.

Cardiff made a bright start to the game but Ipswich dominated after the break with an own goal from Adam Matthews and Jason Scotland's second goal for Town giving them victory.

"It was a good performance, a good game and a good victory, and we deserved it after the first 10 minutes when we were under a lot of pressure," said Keane.

Watford rout sorry Millwall

Kenny Jackett's high-flying Millwall were brought crashing back down to earth by his former club Watford in a 6-1 thrashing.

Jackett made 428 appearances as part of the successful Hornets side of the 1980s, but his first meeting against his old team as a manager ended in humiliation.

The Lions kicked off in fourth place in the Championship and on the back of a 21-game unbeaten run at The Den, but were blown away by first-half goals from John Eustace, Jordon Mutch and Marvin Sordell.

Adrian Mariappa made it four after the break, then Liam Trotter pulled one back before Danny Graham and Martin Taylor completed the rout as Watford made it back-to-back away wins to leap-frog the south Londoners in the table.



Smith lauds Rangers stroll

Rangers manager Walter Smith expressed relief at maintaining the Ibrox side's 100 per cent record in the Scottish Premier League with a 4-0 victory over Dundee United.

"Last season, we dropped a number of points after coming back from Champions League games and you are aware of that aspect," said Smith.

A Sean Dillon own goal set the ball rolling early on, before Kenny Miller doubled the advantage. Steven Naismith then came off the bench to find the back of the net and Miller completed the win with his second of the day.

Elliot puts seal on comeback

Hearts recovered from going a goal down at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium to overcome an Inverness side still searching for their first Premier League win of the season at home 3-1.

Eric Odhiambo gave Caley Thistle the lead in the 37th minute but Chris Innes' own-goal on the stroke of half-time got the visitors back on level terms. Ryan Stevenson then put Hearts ahead 10 minutes after the interval and Calum Elliot made sure of the points for the visitors. Caley Thistle pushed hard to find a way back into the contest, but could not salvage anything from the game.

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