Kilduff and Kelly combine to see off Drogs
Drogheda United 1 Shamrock Rovers 2
SHAMROCK Rovers survived a late comeback from nine-man Drogheda United to book a place in the quarter-finals with goals from Ciaran Kilduff and Dean Kelly.
The Boynesiders had Alan McNally sent off just before half-time and played the final 30 minutes without captain Gavin Brennan who received a straight red but battled right to the end and almost took the tie to extra-time.
First, Kilduff and Karl Sheppard combined to put the Hoops ahead, with Kilduff firing past 'keeper Dylan Connolly.
Then, in a minute of madness, the Drogs handed a place in the quarter-finals to the Hoops when Ciaran McGuigan conceded a penalty, and in the melee that followed Brennan was sent off.
Dean Kelly dispatched the spot kick high to Connolly's right and Rovers looked to be home and hosed in the 64th minute.
Drogheda were given a glimmer of hope on 74 minutes, when Evan Osam made a clumsy challenge on Drogheda sub Declan O'Brien and Eric Foley beat Hyland from the spot, but it was too little, too late by the hosts despite a late rally.
DROGHEDA UNITED – Connolly; Daly, McNally, McGuigan, Grimes; Brady (Foley 67), Doyle (Carl Walshe 81), Crowley, Holohan, Brennan; Hughes (O'Brien 56).
SHAMROCK ROVERS – Hyland; Cornwall, D O'Connor, Heaney, Osam; Finn (McCabe 18), Bayly, McPhail (Brennan 69), S O'Connor; Sheppard, Kilduff (Kelly 61).
Ref – N Doyle (Dublin)