Sunday 15 September 2019

Sligo lift spirits with cup win over in-form Blues

Sligo Rovers manager Ger Lyttle. Photo: Sportsfile
Sligo Rovers manager Ger Lyttle. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Sligo Rovers bounced back from a tough weekend to knock in-form Waterford out of the EA Sports Cup last night.

Ger Lyttle's side are struggling in the league on account of poor home results at the Showgrounds and they were under scrutiny following last Saturday's reverse at the hands of Bohemians.

A second-half David Cawley effort was enough to book their place in the semi-finals.

Both sides did make changes for the game, and defeat came at a cost for Waterford, with key defender Kenny Browne - who has been playing through the pain barrier - withdrawn through injury in the first half.

He is now a major doubt for Friday's key league trip to Shamrock Rovers, and his regular defensive partner Dave Webster serves the final match of his suspension in that fixture.

Elsewhere, Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson also received a boost after a 2-0 victory at home to Longford booked their place in the final four.

Henderson's position at the club was in doubt before the game, with the manager frustrated by issues with resources, and he was prepared to walk away regardless of the outcome in the all First Division encounter. He is also frustrated by the lack of local support for a team that has performed admirably in the last two seasons under his stewardship.

Six defeats in their opening ten matches of this league season has placed their hopes of a promotion charge in jeopardy.

But Henderson has committed to staying on and his team delivered a notable win courtesy of goals towards the end of each half with Darren Murphy putting them ahead and Andrew Wall grabbing the insurance strike.

Holders Dundalk made their way comfortably into the semis with a first-half brace from Dylan Connolly helping them on their way to a 3-0 victory over Bohemians in another tie notable for depleted selections.

Connolly has struggled to make an impact since Dundalk paid Bray an initial €35,000 for his services last summer and he has been in and out of the side this term.

With Michael Duffy rested, he started on the left wing last night and was in the right place to score twice with Jamie McGrath adding a third at the death.

In Scotland, it was a good night for former Dundalk man Dave McMillan who followed up a weekend strike with a penalty conversion on his first start as St Johnstone won 2-1 away to Hamilton.

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