Crusaders and Ballinamallards exit with a whimper
The Setanta Cup campaigns of Ballinamallard United and Crusaders both came to a crashing halt last night.
The Crues were already trailing 4-1 to Sligo Rovers before venturing across the border and there was no miraculous fightback as they returned home after a 5-0 defeat, losing 9-1 on aggregate.
The Mallards were more optimistic of a surprise outcome at St Patrick's Athletic after losing the opening leg 1-0 at Ferney Park but White Anderson's side lost the rematch 5-0, going down 6-0 on aggregate.
Both Irish League sides were 3-0 down at the break on their travels and ready to wave farewell to the competition.
Mark Quigley was the star man at Richmond Park as the Mallards were shot down.
Back in Inchicore for his second spell with the club, the classy striker bagged a brace and played a part in Conan Byrne's double before Daryl Kavanagh finished off the rout.
The Bit O'Red also flexed their muscles against Stephen Baxter's men.
Captain Danny North netted a brace and Ian Baraclough's side netted further goals through Ross Gaynor, Evan McMillan and newcomer Liam Flatley.
It could have been worse for the Crues as Rovers should have had a fourth before the break, but Gaynor's penalty was superbly turned around the post by Yohann Lacroix.
Rovers equalled their own record for the largest winning margin in the Setanta Cup – last year they triumphed 8-0 over Glentoran.
The results mean Rovers will meet St Patrick's in the last four.
* Cliftonville have signed Falkirk defender Johnny Flynn on a pre-contract basis.
The 24-year-old Belfast man began his senior career with Ballymena United back in 2006 and also had spells at Blackburn Rovers, Chester City, Accrington Stanley and Ross County.
The 12-times capped Northern Ireland Under-21 international will move to Solitude at the end of the current season.