EA Cup SF
Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 17, 2010
Venue: The Showgrounds
Ref: Unknown
Att: Unknown

Padraig Amond 18' -
Scored: 18'


Padraig Amond 49' -
Scored: 49'


Scored: 18'
- Gary Twigg 18'



Sligo Rovers 2 - 1 Shamrock Rovers

Wed, Aug 18 2010
Sligo Rovers will play Monaghan United in the 2010 EA Sports Cup final after beating Shamrock Rovers 2-1 at The Showgrounds on Tuesday night.

It was league top scorer Padraig Amond who bagged his 22nd and 23rd goal of the season to give Sligo their first win over The Hoops since 2008. Sligo were without Joseph Ndo and Jim Lauchlan through injury, while the Tallaght men were without former Sligo man Chris Turner.

After an end to end start to the game Sligo keeper John Gibson, on loan from Scottish side Dundee misjudged the flight of the ball as it looped over his head towards the goal. Gibson managed to catch the ball but his momentum took him over the line to give Shamrock Rovers a fortuitous lead.

Michael O'Neill's men looked as if they could take it from there, but their former striker Padraig Amond had different ideas. Less than a minute later the Carlow man had The Bit O'Red level as he finished past Alan Mannus in the away goal after a neat through pass from Eoin Doyle.

Sligo took the lead after 49 minutes when again Amond found himself free of the last defender to hit the ball past Mannus at his front post. That was Amond's 23rd goal of the season in all competitions.

The Hoops searched for an equalizer with wave after wave of attack and they had the ball in the net minutes before the final whistle, but for Neil Doyle's assistant to judge Thomas Stewart to be in an offside position as the ball reached him.

Sligo will now face Monaghan United in the EA Sports Cup final on September 25th in a venue yet to be decided.

Sligo Rovers: John Gibson,Alan Keane, Gavin Peers, Derek Foran, Iarfliath Davoren, Eoin Doyle, Conor O’Grady ( Danny Ventre 72), Richie Ryan, Gary McCabe, Romuald Boco ( John Russell 90), Padraig Amond ( Matthew Blinkhorn 83).

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus,Pat Flynn,Dan Murray,Aidan Price,Enda Stevens,Robert Bayly ( Paddy Kavanagh 60),James Chambers (Stephen Bradley 68),Stephen Rice,Billy Dennehy,Thomas Stewart, Gary Twigg.

Referee: N Doyle.
Attendance: 2,300 (est)
Extratime Man of the Match: Gavin Peers (Sligo)


Sligo Rovers
John Gibson
Goalkeeper
Iarfhlaith Davoren
Defender
Derek Foran
Defender
Alan Keane
Defender
Gavin Peers
Defender
Eoin Doyle
Midfielder
Gary McCabe
Midfielder
Conor O'Grady
Midfielder
Richie Ryan
Midfielder
Padraig Amond
18Scored: 18'
49Scored: 49'
Forward
Romauld Boco
Forward

Substitutes
Matthew Blinkhorn
Forward
John Dillon
Midfield
Ciaran Kelly
Goalkeeper
John Russell
Midfield
Danny Ventre
Midfield
Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
Enda Stevens
Defender
Aidan Price
Defender
Dan Murray
Defender
Pat Flynn
Defender
Stephen Rice
Midfielder
Billy Dennehy
Midfielder
James Chambers
Midfielder
Robert Bayly
Midfielder
Gary Twigg
Forward
18Scored: 18'
Thomas Stewart
Forward

Substitutes
Sean O'Connor
Midfield
Danny Murphy
Defender
Paddy Kavanagh
Midfield
Pat Jennings
Goalkeeper
Stephen Bradley
Midfield


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