Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Drogheda a class above Cliftonville

Cliftonville 0 Drogheda United 2

Cliftonville signed off from the 2008 Setanta Sports Cup with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of holders Drogheda United at Celtic Park last night.

The eircom League side netted either side of the half-time interval to claim the necessary points which guaranteed top spot in Group 1, ensuring a home draw in the semi-finals next month.

Eamon Zayed was the star of the show for the visitors, scoring one and setting up Adam Hughes for the other on a night when Reds keeper John Connolly made a string of fine saves to keep the score down.

The breakthrough arrived just past the half-hour when John Tambouras found Shane Barrett on the right flank. His cross into the middle was only half-cleared by Barry Holland and Zayed made no mistake with a blistering drive which gave Connolly no chance.

The former Institute keeper would win the next personal battle between the duo, getting down to make an excellent diving save from Zayed’s 52nd minute header but there was little he could do just two minutes later when Zayed squared for the in-rushing Hughes to convert at the near post.

Shane Robinson thought he had made it 3-0 with just over 10 minutes left to play but again Connolly produced the goods to keep him out on a night when, despite Cork City’s 4-1 thumping of Dungannon Swifts at Turner’s Cross, the Drogs did just enough to squeeze into the last four with home advantage.

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Dungannon Swifts were crushed 4-1 away to Cork City.

Cork opened the scoring on 23 minutes. Darren Murphy got on the end of a Danny Murphy free-kick and headed home.

A second Cork goal was inevitable, and it came in the 39th minute. After a short corner, Pat Sullivan teed up Liam Kearney and he hammered it home.

Dungannon surprisingly pulled a goal back in the 54th minute through Shea McGerrigan.

Behan restored Cork's two goal advantage with a penalty in the 63rd minute.

Darragh Ryan added a fourth with 70 minutes on the clock, turning in a Joe Gamble cross.

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