Lee Lynch of Pat's tackled by Danny Ledwith of Sligo. Donall Farmer/INPHO

Five-star Sligo cruise past St Pat's in Setanta Cup semi-final

Ian Baraclough’s side secured an emphatic victory, winning 7-1 on aggregate.

Sligo 5 (7)

St Pat’s 1 (1)

SLIGO ROVERS BEAT St Patrick’s Athletic 5-1, as they won 7-1 on aggregate and easily progressed to the Setanta Cup final at Richmond Park tonight.

Keith Fahey went close early on for Pat’s, linking up well with Chris Forrester in the build-up, as his shot forced a good save from goalkeeper Gary Rogers.

A Lee Lynch header was then cleared off the line by Evan McMillan, as Pat’s threatened to recover a two-goal first-leg deficit.

After 21 minutes however, Sligo got the all-important away goal, as man-of-the-match Aaron Greene coolly converted Kieran Djilali’s well-executed cross.

The visitors then doubled their advantage five minutes later, when Joseph N’Do’s powerful strike beat goalkeeper Brendan Clarke following Greene’s cut back.

Greene then got his second and Sligo’s third of the night, blasting home after latching on to David Cawley’s ball over the top.

Down but not completely out, Forrester hit the bar with a lovely curling shot from distance, as Pat’s showed signs of life late in the first half.

With Sligo holding a 5-0 aggregate lead at half-time, the second half was consequently a bit of a damp squib, with the game effectively over and a raft of substitutions being made.

The occasion was briefly lit up however, when Lynch hit a thundering strike into the top corner, as Pat’s grabbed a consolation on 68 minutes.

However, shortly thereafter, Derek Foran diverted a dangerous Danny Ledwith cross into his own net, to make it 6-1, epitomising a hapless Pat’s performance in the process.

John Russell then added to Liam Buckley’s side’s misery, scoring his team’s fifth and final goal after 78 minutes, converting at the second attempt, after his initial header from a corner was saved by Clarke.

Following tonight’s convincing win, Ian Baraclough’s men will now play Dundalk or Shamrock Rovers in the final on 10 May.

ST PAT’S: Clarke; McCormack, Bermingham, Foran, Oman  (Hoare 45), Fahey (Verdon 45), Fitzgerald, Lynch, Kavanagh, Forrester (Chindea 77), Quigley.

SLIGO: Rogers, Keane, Spillane, McMillan, Gaynor, Cawley, O’Conor, N’Do (Russell 45), Ledwith, Djilali (Odhiambo 77), Greene (North 59).

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