In a busy night of FAI Cup quarter-final action, Limerick secured their place in the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since 1994 following a 2-1 win over Galway United. Goals from Rodrigo Tosi and Shane Duggan were decisive for the Munster side
Bastien Hery was extremely effective throughout. The Frenchman was playing deep in the Limerick midfield and it was his presence that broke up numerous probing Galway attacks.
Limerick took the lead with just ten minutes gone in the second period. Stephen Kenny got to the ball just outside the Galway box, the midfielder’s shot was saved by Winn in the home goal, but he could only push it into the path of Tosi, who got in to score easily for the visitors. Limerick grabbed their second after great link up play as Tosi worked the ball across to Ogbene on the left hand side of Winn’s box. His pass found Duggan who turned and rifled the ball into the Galway net.
Elsewhere Dundalk hammered local rivals Drogheda, 4-0 Stephen Kenny’s men have scored 21 goals in their last five games and although the League title may have slipped away for this season they are still chasing a double cup success.
Dylan Connolly, Michael Duffy, Brian Gartland and David McMillon were all on target in a one sided encounter last night at Oriel Park.
In the third of last night’s quarter-finals, Shamrock Rovers clinically dispatched the challenge of no league Bluebell United. A Brandon Meile hat-trick helped the Hoops to 4-2 success at the Tallaght Stadium.
The Quarter final action will be completed this evening when Longford Town entertain Cork City in the City Calling Stadium. The Midlands side will look to spring when they host Cup holders and runaway Premier League leaders.
The Town are managed by former Cork City star Neale Fenn who made over 80 league appearances for the Leesiders between 2004 and 2006 scoring 27 league goals. Fenn won a Premier Division title with Cork in 2005 and an FAI Cup runners-up medal the same season after their surprise loss to Drogheda United in the Final.
Since he took over at the helm of Longford Town back in June after the departure of Alan Mathews, Fenn has guided the Midlanders to fourth place in the First Division and enroute to Saturday’s Last eight tie, the ‘Red & Black’ have taken the scalps of Premier Division Sligo Rovers after extra-time and Leinster Senior League side Bangor Celtic. The Town’s last league outing produced a 2-0 victory away to Cabinteely.
Cork are 14 points clear at the top of the Premier Division but have struggled in the league since the departures of Seanie Maguire and Kevin O’Connor, losing to Bohs, Sligo Rovers, and last time out to Shamrock Rovers. However, the rebels have progressed to the the last eight with an impressive 7-0 thrashing of Athlone Town in the last sixteen and a one goal away victory over Bray in the first round.
The City Calling Stadium outfit will be hoping to avenge last season’s 4-1 home cup defeat to Cork on Saturday night, but memories of Danny O’Connor’s stunning winner for De Town in the home victory over a Damien Richardson managed Cork in their 2006 FAI Cup clash provides the home fans with hope of a cup upset. The sides also met in the 2007 FAI Cup Final at the RDS which resulted in a Denis Behan headed goal winning the FAI Cup for Cork.
Longford will be missing Kevin O’Connor, Paul Skinner, and Alan Kehoe who are all out injured for the big game. The game kicks-off at 7-30pm on Saturday night with next Tuesday night at Turners Cross the replay date if required