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EA Sports Cup semi-final previews

Updated: Monday, 04 Aug 2014 11:04 | Comments

Shamrock Rovers face Bohemians, their first competitive tie since the sacking of their manager Trevor Croly
Shamrock Rovers face Bohemians, their first competitive tie since the sacking of their manager Trevor Croly

THE EA Sports Cup semi-finals take place on bank holiday Monday with two intriguing encounters in prospect.

Holders Shamrock Rovers are in a state of transition following the departure of Trevor Croly as manager on Saturday.

The Hoops suffered a 4-1 loss at Limerick FC on Friday and will look to lick their wounds and bounce back when they visit Dalymount Park.

Hosts Bohemians had their own night to forget on Friday when their six-game unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt with a 4-0 loss away to Derry City.

This derby will have added spice as undoubtedly both sides would welcome the chance to stay in the hunt for silverware via the EA Sports Cup and give their fans something to cheer about.

Bohs beat UCD, St Patrick's Athletic and Longford Town to reach this stage, while Rovers overcame Drogheda United and Cork City en route to the last four.

In the other tie, league leaders Dundalk had another excellent outing on Friday as they beat second-placed Cork City in front of a massive crowd at Turner's Cross.

Stephen Kenny's side last won this competition in 1990 so it would be a welcome addition to their trophy cabinet should the Lilywhites go all the way this season.

Dundalk host Shane Keegan's Wexford Youths side who have proven to be a durable First Division outfit and secured a solid 2-2 draw at Finn Harps on Friday.

Wexford beat Cobh Ramblers and Galway FC (on penalties) to progress to the semi-finals. They are the only side left in the competition who have yet to win the cup but they were beaten finalists in 2008.

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