Crusaders in shock defeat to Sligo Rovers

Published Tuesday, 25 February 2014
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Coleraine were the only winners of the four Irish League clubs in the quarter-finals of the Setanta Cup played on Monday night.

Crusaders in shock defeat to Sligo Rovers
Sligo's Eric Oohiambo pictured scoring his team's first goal in Belfast (© Pacemaker)

Crusaders, normally so strong at Seaview, fell to a surprise 4-1 defeat against Sligo Rovers.

Stephen Baxter's team soon found themselves behind with Eric Odhiambo on target after 17 minutes.

Aaron Greene made it 2-0 and just before the break, a miserable first half was complete for the home side when Odhiambo made it 3-0.

On 62 minutes, it was Odhiambo with his hat-trick to make it 4-0 but there was some reward for the Crues when Declan Caddell pulled a goal back on 71 minutes.

Shamrock Rovers proved too good for Glentoran romping to a 5-1 win at Tallaght Stadium.

Glentoran fell a goal behind after Robert Bayly fired the Hoops in front but a strike from John McGuigan on 23 minutes brought the visitors level.

The home side hit the front again on 61 minutes through Waters and moved 3-1 ahead through Stephen McPhail.

With ten minutes left, Gary McCabe added a fourth for Rovers.

In added time, Simon Madden made it a night to forget for the Glens with the final goal of the game.

Coleraine kept their hopes of progressing alive with a superb 3-2 win at Dundalk.

Daryl Horgan gave Dundalk the lead but David McDaid made it all square again on 34 minutes at Oriel Park.

It was McDaid again who found the net to fire the Bannsiders ahead before Ruairi Harkin gave them a two goal cushion with a neat third.

Dundalk had not finished and pulled a goal back through McMillan but it was not enough to deny Oran Kearney's side the three points.

Ballinamallard had a tough test on their hands at home to League of Ireland champions St. Pat's, but put up a fine effort before going down 1-0.

The visitors took the lead on 20 minutes through Chris Forrester and that goal was to prove decisive in the end.

The Mallards battled hard but could not find a way past Gilmartin in the St Pat's goal.

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Angry hatchet man in Belfast wrote (338 days ago):
Aam not that i wud disagree with u but i think the refular first team at the crues wud have put up a better performance and pulled ot off... If the management had of played all hos first choice 11 instead of 4 of them and the most confusing part is that tje first choice keeper was on the bench? Sirely i wud play him knowing u have a weakwned side??? Tbh the bench had no interest in the cup so why enter it....
s magowan in belfast wrote (339 days ago):
Yes Sean you are correct when you say that Sligo would easily win the Irish League,that is because Irish League teams are part time professionals and cant compete with teams who operate on a full time professional basis,just like Sligo and the rest of the clubs which make up the Airtricity league.
Upset hatchet man in Belfasr wrote (340 days ago):
Nothin at all shocking about the crues defeat :( with only 4 refular players on the team? If i had of seen this line up before paying in i wudnt have left the house.... Honestly a waste of money if they dont eant to take the competition seriousally then do whay Linfield and cliftonville did and pull out of it... It was an embarrasment to be a crusaders fan last nyt ...
Sean in donegal wrote (340 days ago):
Shock defeat.Can someone please how that is a shock defeat.Sligo are a very good team and would win the Irish League by a country mile if they played in it.Need get your facts right .
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