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Cooke targets Cup glory

SHAMROCK ROVERS' shock exit from the FAI Ford Cup will give both Drogheda United and St Patrick's Athletic an extra incentive to win tonight's quarter-final replay.

The draw for the semi-finals will be made on RTE before kick-off and Drogheda manager Mick Cooke, for one, believes that the Hoops' defeat by Shelbourne means that the route to glory has become all the more manageable.

The Saints came away from Friday night's scoreless draw with more regrets than their Louth opponents, having missed a string of chances to book their place in the last four.

Cooke, who cut a relieved figure as his side escaped Inchicore with a draw, said: "Both teams will feel that they have a good chance of winning the Cup now and that's not being disrespectful to the other teams still left.

"We rode our luck in the second half -- St Pat's were far better. When you get only a draw after being in the ascendancy, there can be a sense that a chance has been lost. Hopefully that's the way St Pat's are thinking. We're just happy to be still in the competition."

Drogheda UTd v St Pat's Ath

(Hunky Dorys Park, 7.45)

Odds: Drogheda 7/4, St Pat's 7/5, Draw 11/5

Referee: D Hancock (Dublin)

Team news: Mick Cooke must do without cup-tied Jason Marks, Alan Byrne, Conor McMahon and Michael Schlingermann, while skipper Paul Crowley is rated as 50-50. Anto Flood could come into contention for the Pat's, while Christy Fagan is a doubt.

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Verdict: Home win

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