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Sligo and Shamrock Rovers, Cork and Drogheda look for Setanta wins while Bohs travel to Limerick in Airtricity League

Updated: Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 12:42 | Comments

Shamrock Rovers host Cork City in Tallaght
Shamrock Rovers host Cork City in Tallaght

Setanta Cup semi-final first legs

Shamrock Rovers v Cork City, Tallaght Stadium, 7.30pm

After a spate of draws, Shamrock Rovers got back to winning ways in the Airtricity League with a 7-0 win over Bray Wanderers on Friday that will give them plenty of confidence going into the first leg of their semi-final against Cork City.

Both sides are former winners and both have beaten Irish League opposition to reach the last four.

Rovers accounted for Coleraine and Linfield while Cork City saw off Danske Bank Premiership winners Cliftonville and Crusaders.

David Elebert and Tommy Stewart both remain out of the Hoops squad through illness while Conor Winn has a thigh injury which has ruled him out of the tie.

Cork’s Darren Dennehy returns from suspension but Kevin Murray and Dan Murray are both definitely out and Neal Horgan is a doubt with a knee injury.

Danny Murphy (knee) should be available but Shane Duggan (dead leg) is a major doubt as is Colin Healy (knee) while Gearóid Morrissey is suspended.

Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers, Hunky Dorys Park, 7.45pm

Sligo Rovers may never have won the Setanta Sports Cup but they are hot favourites to win it this year after a blistering start to the 2013 season.

The Connacht side have won their opening ten games, two in the Setanta Sports Cup and eight in the Premier Division of the Airtricity League.

The two Setanta Sports Cup wins came in the quarter-finals against Glentoran who were dispatched 8-0 on aggregate.

Drogheda had wins over Portadown and last year’s runners-up Derry City on their way to the last four and got a big boost for tonight’s game when they came from behind to beat Shelbourne 3-1 last Friday night in the league.

Gary O'Neill (calf) is Drogheda’s only doubt while Sligo travel without Danny North (knee), Seamus Conneely (knee) and Ciaran Kelly (fractured sternum).

Airtricity League Premier Division

Limerick v Bohemians, Thomond Park, 7.45pm

Seventh place in the Airtricity Premier Division is up for grabs tonight when Limerick and Bohemians meet at Thomond Park in the final game of Series Eight.

With both sides on seven points, a win for either team will see them jump over Cork City into seventh.

The two teams come into this game well rested after an 11-day break and Limerick will be looking for their second win of the season having failed to record a victory in the four games since they beat UCD 3-1 on 19 March.

The Blues will be without midfield general Joe Gamble who is suspended after accumulating four yellow cards already this season but Stuart Taylor has no injury problems with Robbie Williams and Jeffrey Judge available for selection.

Bohemians will be without striker Chris Lyons (ankle) and captain Owen Heary (knee) as they look for their third win of the campaign.

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