The draw for the quarter finals of the Setanta Sports was made earlier tonight and has thrown up some great ties as the seeded teams (Crusaders, Derry City, Linfield and Sligo Rovers) enter the competition.
Holders Crusaders begin the defence of their title with a trip south against Cork City. Tommy Dunne’s men beat Danske Bank Premiership highflyers 4-0 last Monday night before drawing with “The Reds” 2-2 tonight in Solitude courtesy of goals by Daryl Horgan and Danny Furlong.
League of Ireland champions Sligo Rovers kick off their campaign against Glentoran and have home advantage for the first leg. The “Glens” made it through the first round with a 1-0 aggregate win over St Patrick's Athletic.
IFA Premiership Champions Linfield enter the fray with a tie against Trevor Croly’s Shamrock Rovers who narrowly avoided extratime tonight thanks to a late Ciaran Kilduff goal. The Hoops have home advantage for the first leg.
Derry City and Drogheda make up the only all League of Ireland tie after Drogheda made light work of Portadown tonight winning 5-0 to give them a huge 8-2 win on aggregate. The first leg will be in the Brandywell.
The draw in full:
Sligo Rovers vs Glentoran
Cork City vs Crusaders
Derry City vs Drogheda
Shamrock Rovers vs Linfield
(team listed first have home advantage in first leg)
The first legs of these ties will take place on March 4th with the second legs taking place on March 11th or 19th with the exception of Cork City and Crusaders who will have their first leg next Tuesday 26th February in Turner's Cross and second leg on March 4th.
The semi finals will take place over two legs on April 16th and 22nd with the final scheduled for May 11th.