Heartbreak for Coleraine in Setanta exit

Published Tuesday, 11 March 2014
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All three Irish League clubs crashed to defeat in Monday night's second leg ties in the Setanta Sports Cup.

Heartbreak for Coleraine in Setanta exit
Coleraine's Gareth Tommons with Dundalk's Stephen O'Donnell at the Showgrounds. (© Presseye)

Coleraine were favourites to progress after winning their away leg at Dundalk 3-2.

However, a late strike from Stephen O'Donnell knocked Oran Kearney's side out as the visitors sealed a 2-0 win on the night to go through 4-3 on aggregate.

The home side were left to reflect on missed chances in the first half with Eoin Bradley and Gareth Tommons denied by keeper Paul Cherrie.

After a scoreless first half, the Dundalk threat emerged with Hoban pulling a goal back on 52 minutes.

Paul Owens had a chance to ease Coleraine nerves, but saw his effort saved by the impressive Cherrie.

With time ticking away and Coleraine going through on away goals, they were stunned in the second minute of added time when O'Donnell produced a smart finish.

It was also a night to forget for Crusaders as they crashed 5-0 at Sligo Rovers to lose 9-1 on aggregate.

Trailing 4-1 after the first leg, it was an impossible task for the Crues who trailed 3-0 at the break thanks to goals from Evan McMillan and Danny Noho with a double.

In the second half, Sligo pair Ross Gaynor and Liam Flatley added more misery on Stephen Baxter's side.

There was a heavy defeat too for Ballinamallard as they went down 5-0 at St. Patrick's Athletic.

Two goals from Mark Quigley and Conan Byrne fired the home into a 3-0 lead. Quigley went on to complete a hat-trick while Kavanagh added the fifth.

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