Bit o' Red and Drogs into final

Ryan McCann

SLIGO rovers and Drogheda united will face off in the FAI cup final for the first time ever after semi-final wins over shamrock rovers and Dundalk respectively. sligo rovers stunned 10-man shamrock rovers in a 3-0 demolition at the showgrounds yesterday, and will now compete in their fourth FAI cup final in five years.

Danny Ventre, alan keane and anthony elding were on taget for the Bit o' red while the side managed to maintain their superb recent defensive record. They have now gone 768 minutes without conceding a goal. Despite sligo rovers starting the game much brighter than their opponents, chances in the opening stages were few and far between. The first notable chance of the game fell to Danny Ventre on 24 minutes who shot low past Richard Bush.

He got through again two minutes later but this time Mccormack fouled him and a penalty was awarded with conor Mccormack saw red and gave away a penalty for a clumsy challenge on raf cretaro and alan keane scored the penalty with conviction sending Brush the wrong way. Sligo rovers put the game to bed on 88 minutes when substitute Anthony Elding slotted the ball under Richard Brush for sligo's third goal.

Drogheda united will be their opponents in the final, which will be their third cup final of the year after beating nine-man Dundalk 1-0 at Hunky Dory Park. controversy reigned and stephen kenny described referee anthony Buttimer's performance as an "absolute disgrace" after he sent-off Darren Meenan and chris shields in four dramatic first-half minutes.

Gavin Brennan scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after shields saw red and the spot-kick was enough to decide the tie for Mick cooke's men. after defeats to shamrock rovers in both the ea sports cup and setanta cup finals this year, Drogheda manager Mick cooke will be hoping his side can put their misfortunate behind them and they can land some silverware in 2013.


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