Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk through to this year's EA Sports Cup final

Pat Fenlon was an interested spectator at Dalymount Park as the Tallaght outfit beat Bohs 2-0.

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Bohemians 0

Shamrock Rovers 2

IT’S BEEN A tough couple of weeks for Shamrock Rovers.

On-field struggles soon led to off-field chaos with Trevor Croly’s departure over the weekend.

But, tonight at Dalymount Park, they put the negativity to the back of their minds and secured a place in this year’s EA Sports Cup final.

Goals from Kieran ‘Marty Waters and Dean Kelly ensured a 2-0 victory over local rivals Bohemians.

Following the thumping league defeat to Limerick and Croly’s subsequent removal as manager, John Gill stepped in as caretaker boss and attempted to instil some confidence and Waters gave the fragile side the perfect start, grabbing the opener after just 8 minutes.

With Bohs unable to make a substantial breakthrough, the result was tied up midway through the second half when Dean Kelly doubled Rovers’ advantage.

Pat Fenlon at the game Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Tonight’s result was the perfect tonic for Rovers and surely impressed Pat Fenlon, who was an interested spectator.

The former Hibernian, Shelbourne and Bohs’ boss is believed to be close to replacing Croly as Rovers manager with some reports prior to kick-off suggesting the deal could be done prior to Friday’s clash with Derry City.

Dundalk 5

Wexford Youths 0

In the night’s other semi-final, Dundalk beat First Division Wexford Youths 5-0 at Oriel Park.

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The result was slightly flattering for the Premier Division side, three goals in the final quarter making it a rout.

The league leaders took 24 minutes to break the deadlock, Mark Griffin heading home Ruairi Higgins’ corner and their lead was doubled by the break when Keith Ward found the net; Higgins again the provider.

David McMillan grabbed a brace either side of John Mountney’s 82nd minute effort to secure a final berth against Shamrock Rovers.

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