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Setanta Cup semi-final team news

Updated: Sunday, 21 Apr 2013 20:01 | Comments

Drogheda United celebrate Gary O'Neill's goal against Sligo in the first leg
Drogheda United celebrate Gary O'Neill's goal against Sligo in the first leg

Sligo Rovers entertain Drogheda United, while Cork City host Shamrock Rovers in Monday night’s Setanta Cup semi-finals second legs.

Sligo Rovers (0) v Drogheda United (2), Showgrounds, 7.45pm.

Sligo Rovers have had a week to forget after their 12-game winning run was brought to a crashing end as they suffered back to back 2-0 defeats to Drogheda in the Setanta Sports Cup and St Patrick’s Athletic in the Airtricity League.

That first leg defeat at Hunky Dorys Park leaves them with an uphill task in the second leg but they will draw confidence from the fact that they have won 11 of their last 12 home games.

However, Danny North (knee), Seamus Conneely (knee), Raffaele Cretaro (thigh) and Ciaran Kelly (fractured sternum) are all ruled out and Aaron Greene (groin) is a doubt with a groin problem.

However, Sligo have Joseph Ndo back, while Alan Keane is available despite sustaining a broken nose on Friday at Richmond Park.

Drogheda beat UCD on Friday night and have now lost just once in 13 league and cup games this season.

Alan Byrne will miss the trip, while doubts surround the participation of Gary O'Neill and Brian Gannon.

Cork City (1) v Shamrock Rovers (1), Turners Cross, 7.30pm

Cork City are bidding to reach the final for the first time since 2008 when they won the competition and hold an away goal advantage over the 2011 winners after a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Tallaght Stadium last week.

Colin Healy will miss the tie through suspension and long-term absentee Brian Lenihan is also ruled out.

Captain Kevin Murray is also out with a groin injury, while Dunne also has concerns over the fitness of Daryl Horgan (hamstring), Danny Murphy (hamstring) and John Dunleavy (ill).

Shamrock Rovers will be without Jason McGuinness (hamstring) and Ken Oman (ankle), while Derek Foran (groin) and Mark Quigley (hamstring) are both doubtful.

Both sides will be eagerly looking forward to the game as it offers the chance to quickly banish memories of last Friday’s league games. Cork conceded an injury time equaliser to bottom side Shelbourne, while Rovers suffered their first league defeat of the season and first loss in 12 games away to Derry City.

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