Published Tuesday, 05 March 2013
Cork's Daryl Horgan scores against Crusaders. (© Pacemaker)
The Crues crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Seaview against a strong Cork City side.
The visitors came to Seaview leading 1-0 from the first leg, but the Crues were determined to get back into the tie. Although they enjoyed the majority of possession they could not find a goal that would put pressure on the visitors.
It was Cork who eventually struck the front on 68 minutes with a vital away goal leaving Stephen Baxter's men needing three to win the tie. Daryl Horgan found the net and before the Crues could recover from that blow Daryl Kavanagh made it 2-0.
Paul Heatley did pull a goal back a minute from the end, but the unfortunate Davy Magowen headed past his own keeper to leave the final score 3-1 to Cork.
Linfield's last chance of silverware this season seems to be all but gone after suffering a 4-1 first leg defeat against Shamrock Rovers in Dublin.
Linfield had to soak up some early Rovers pressure but had a chance to take the lead on 30 minutes when Michael Carvill's free kick was headed back by Philip Lowry but BJ Burns could not hit the target.
A few minutes later and Rovers were rewarded for all their early work when Ronan Finn was quick to pounce after goalkeeper Ross Glendinning could only push out a free kick from Sean O'Connor.
Three minutes from the break, Glendinning made a splendid save to deny Karl Sheppard, but there was still time for the home team to double their lead right on the break as Ciaran Kilduff headed home.
The Blues were given a way back into the tie on 63 minutes when a Billy Joe Burns thunderbolt from 25 yards out flew into the net.
No sooner had Linfield's hopes been raised they were dashed on 73 minutes with Kilduff's shot just squeezing into the net against the run of play. It was a hammer blow for the Blues and worse was to follow when Stephen Rice broke the offside trap and fired past Glendinning to make it 4-1.
Glentoran also crashed to a heavy defeat on the road with Sligo Rovers romping to a 5-0 first leg success.
The Glens suffered an early blow, going behind on just two minutes. Anthony Elding flicked the ball down for Lee Lynch and the Rovers strike smashed a volley home from the edge of the box.
Elding went close to doubling the lead on 14 minutes but his effort was wide and then Ryan Connolly missed another chance as the home team dominated the opening 20 minutes.
Sligo added number two when Elding grabbed a debut goal with a powerful header and it got even worse for the Glens when Cawley broke down the right and picked out Mayoman Connolly in the middle and it was 3-0 after just 36 minutes.
Any hopes of a comeback ended on 38 minutes after Lynch bagged his second of the night. McMillan became the second debutant to score for Sligo when he headed in number five eight minutes after the restart.
At the Brandywell it was all square as Derry City and Drogheda United had to settle for a 1-1 draw and it is all to play for next Monday night in the second leg.
Derry City hit the front on ten minutes thanks to a stunning 30 yard free kick from Rory Patterson. They continued to boss the game but slowly Drogheda began to get into the match and they stunned the home fans when O'Brien levelled the scores on 53 minutes.
Setanta Cup results in full:
Quarter-final, second leg
Crusaders 1 -3 Cork City (Agg: 1-4)
Quarter-finals, first leg
Derry City 1-1 Drogheda Utd
Shamrock rovers 4-1 Linfield
Sligo rovers 5 -0 Glentoran.