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Lafferty double sends Rovers through to Cup quarters at Cork City's expense

A wonderful equaliser by Gearóid Morrissey counted for little in the end as Danny Lafferty was the hero for The Hoops.

Lafferty is congratulated by team-mates.
Lafferty is congratulated by team-mates.
Image: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

A DOUBLE FROM Danny Lafferty on either side of a stunning Cork City equaliser by Gearóid Morrissey saw holders Shamrock Rovers see off the Leesiders 2-1 at Tallaght Stadium and book their place in the FAI Cup quarter-finals.

Rovers opened the scoring before half-time when left wing-back Lafferty pounced on the rebound after Graham Burke’s original long-range strike was too hot to handle for Liam Bossin in the Cork City goal. The 31-year-old defender was on hand to slot home his first goal for the club from six yards.

The visitors drew level before the hour mark through a goal of the highest quality: after some wonderful work down the right flank by Dylan McGlade, Morrissey was on hand to sweep home a tidy finish into Alan Mannus’ right-hand corner.

But a spell of sustained Rovers pressure at the start of the final third paid dividends for the hosts, and it was another wonderful goal which settled this encounter.

In a quick move on the counter, Dean Williams and Jack Byrne combined to tee up Derry native Lafferty who was on hand again to finish, emphatically slamming the ball home past Mark McNulty who had replaced Bossin at the interval.

Apart from a late Scott Fenwick header wide, Cork created little of note thereafter with Rovers dominating proceedings and seeing it out to reach the quarter-finals in November.

Stephen Bradley’s men are now unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions and haven’t lost in Tallaght since June of last year. They welcome Bohemians to their turf for a crucial Dublin Derby this Saturday.

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