SSE Airtricity League sides Sligo Rovers and Longford Town avoided any slip-ups in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition at the expense of Cobh Wanderers and Cockhill Celtic.
Cup action has provided Sligo Rovers with welcome distraction in a tumultuous season, and new manager Micky Adams will have been encouraged by the way his charges dispatched Cobh Wanderers in a 4-0 win at St Colman’s Park.
Dinny Corcoran opened the scoring in the 26th minute and Raffaele Cretaro doubled the Bit O’Red’s advantage just six minutes later.
David Cawley provided the visitors with a three-goal buffer heading in to the interval with a goal eight minutes before the break.
Corcoran scored his 11th goal of the season in the 83rd minute as Sligo, who have won the competition three times in the last five seasons, advanced with ease.
Cockhill Celtic’s campaign came to an end for another season as Longford Town recorded a 2-0 victory at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds in Buncrana.
Longford made the breakthrough in the 63rd minute when a luckless Jimmy Bradley scored an own goal following a goalmouth scramble.
Lorcan Shannon added a second in the 80th minute after a fine cross from Kaleem Simon as the midlanders accounted for their second Donegal side in this year’s competition, having dumped Finn Harps out in the last round.