EA Cup QF
Date: 7:45 p.m. May 18, 2009
Venue: Morton Stadium
Att: 387
TV:

Ross Gaynor 15' -
Peno Miss: 15'


Scored: 42'
- Raffaele Cretaro 42'



Sporting Fingal 0 - 1 Sligo Rovers

Mon, May 18 2009
Sligo Rovers booked their place in the EA Cup semi-finals after a hard fought one-nil win over Sporting Fingal at a rain soaked Morton Stadium. Rafael Cretaro’s 42nd minute header was all that separated the sides as Sporting were left to rue Ross Gaynor’s 15th minute penalty miss.

Paul Cook’s men started the brightest and forced Quigley into a smart early save from Gavin Peers inside the opening few minutes. Fingal began to get a foot in the game and had the ball in the back of the net only for it to be disallowed on 14 minutes. Fiachra McArdle collected a through ball from Williams and finished well but the striker was in a clear offside position.

Sporting had a great chance to open the scoring fifteen minutes in when they were awarded a penalty. Conan Byrne won a header and directed it across the box to the inrushing Alan Kirby. The midfielder’s goal bound volley struck the hand of Feeney and the assistant referee flaged for a penalty. Up stepped Ross Gaynor but his poorly struck penalty, just slightly right of the middle of the goal, was comfortable for Brush.

Fingal had the better of the opening half however Sligo broke deadlock against the run of play just before half time. Richie Ryan played a cracking ball in behind Sporting left back John Frost which Brian Cash latched onto. He over hit the initial cross but Stephen Parkhouse retrieved the ball and his delivery was met by Cretaro who dived in bravely to plant the ball into the back of the net.

It should have been two nil to Sligo moments later when Cash again produced a wicked delivery which found Parkhouse free in the box. The striker’s header however was brilliantly saved by Quigley in the Sporting goal as the ex Finn Harps man put the rebound wide under pressure.

Sligo were more resilient in the second half and began to dominate the possession as the home side struggled to create any good openings. Sporting’s best effort on goal came after Alan Kirby laid the ball off to Shane McFaul. The midfielders curled shot looked like it might have been creeping in but Brush got down well to parry it out.

Liam Buckley’s men continued to pile forward in search of an equaliser and it nearly came in the 70th minute. Conan Byrne’s cross was met by the head of Ross Gaynor. The striker’s header looked like it was arrowing into the back of the Sligo goal but Brush plucked the ball out of the air with a diving save. Byrne almost forced extra-time but his 87th minute header was touched over the crossbar.

Stephen Parkhouse had a chance to finish Fingal off right at the death when he skipped past Frost’s challenge but he fired over. Sligo however held on to book their place in the last four as the Bit O Red inflict a first defeat in eleven games on Liam Buckley’s men.

Full report to follow...


Sporting Fingal
Darren Quigley
Goalkeeper
Gareth Whelan
Defender
Colm James
Defender
Brian Gannon
Defender
John Frost
Defender
Shane McFaul
Midfielder
Fiachra McArdle
Midfielder
Alan Kirby
Midfielder
Conan Byrne
Midfielder
Shaun Williams
Midfielder
Ross Gaynor
15Peno Miss: 15'
Forward

Substitutes
Jeremy McConnell Cook
Midfield
Robbie Horgan
Goalkeeper
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
Kevin Boyd
Unknown
Robert Bayly
Midfield
Sligo Rovers
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
Steve Feeney
Defender
Alan Keane
Defender
Gavin Peers
Defender
Danny Ventre
Defender
Romauld Boco
Midfielder
Brian Cash
Midfielder
Shaun Holmes
Midfielder
Richie Ryan
Midfielder
Raffaele Cretaro
Forward
42Scored: 42'
Stephen Parkhouse
Forward

Substitutes
Ciaran Kelly
Goalkeeper
Daniel Keohane
Defender
Ross McLoughlin
Forward
Owen Morrison
Midfield
Conor O'Grady
Midfield


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