Updated: 09/05/18 : 05:49:58
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Sligo Rovers for another cup semi final

SLIGO ROVERS are in yet another cup semi final, thanks to a 1-0 win over Waterford in the EA Sports Cup at the Showgrounds last night, Tuesday.

David Cawley scored the clincher, heading home after a corner kick by Regan Donelon was touched on by John Mahon in the 63rd minute.

Both starting lineups were short on regular first team names.

Fan numbers were short on regulars, too — over 2,000 were there at the weekend but barely a quarter that figure saw last night’s deserved victory.

Dream Start

The Bit O’Red had no less than six of their regular first team on the subs bench.

Captain for the night was Rhys McCabe, while ‘Player of the Month’ John Mahon again played 90 minutes in the dream start to his senior career.

Waterford,too, rested no less than nine of the big names which have powered them to joint second spot in the league.

Their captain for the night was Sanders Puri, whose Irish career has included first team football at the Showgrounds.

The best chances in a lacklustre first half contest all fell to Sligo; notably to Caolan McAleer and Patrick McClean.

No surprise maybe that Waterford’s man of the match was reserve net minder Matthew Connor.

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Last night’s action saw Rovers offer a sturdy protection once they went ahead just after the hour.

Right after Cawley scored, substitute Adam Morgan almost had a dream introduction but his effort was too close to Connor, the visitors keeper.

Three Sligo Rovers players collected yellow cards in that frenetic run-in: Patrick McClean, Rhys McCabe and David Cawley.

Nice touch: Last night’s match was sponsored by the ‘friends of Paddy McCarrick.’

The popular Sligo town man died last year shortly after he was rescued in a kayak accident in west Sligo.

Most Epic

The four clubs now through to the semi finals all have ‘history’ for Sligo:-

Dundalk beat Sligo in the 1981 FÁI Cup Final, Rovers beat Derry City in the 1994 decider in the same competition.

Most epic of all were the 1983 series of tiger tussles and replays between Rovers and Cobh Ramblers en route to Sligo’s first ever major cup win.

In contrast, the EA Sports Cup — or ‘League Cup’ as the LiveScore website labels it — doesn’t quite suggest the same cache of excitement.

Nevertheless boss Gerard Lyttle will be happy that his charges picked themselves so quickly after Saturday night’s second half lethargy and cave-in to Bohemian.

SLIGO ROVERS: Mitchell Beeney, Gary Boylan, John Mahon, Patrick McClean, Regan Donelon, David Cawley, Rhys McCabe (captain), Adam Wixted, Caolan McAleer, Lewis Morrison and Greg Moorhouse. 

Subs used: Adam Morgan for Morrison 63rd minute, Raffaele Cretaro for Moorhouse 72nd minute and Jack Keaney for Wixted 88th minute.

Subs not used: Ed McGinty, Kyle Callan McFadden, Eduardo Pinceli and Calum Waters.

WATERFORD FC: Matthew Connor, Rory Feely, Derek Daly, Kenny Browne, Darryl Walsh, Gavin Holohan, John Martin, Sanders Puri (captain), Dean Walsh, Faysel Kasmi and Dean O’Halloran.

Subs used: Shane Griffin for Browne 16th minute, Jack Larkin for Holohan and Colm Whelan for Dean Walsh both in 72nd minute.

Subs not used: Niall Corbet, Dylan Barnett and Garry Comerford.