Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley said the club are back where they belong after beating Bohemians 2-0 in Friday's FAI Cup semi-final at Dalymount Park.

The atmosphere was electric before kick-off, with flares released by both sets of supporters causing a delay to proceedings. 

And it was the visitors who sparked into life from the off, taking the lead inside five minutes through Graham Burke.

A close finish from Aaron Greene ten minutes from time sealed the Hoops' passage to a first final since 2010.

"This club belongs in finals," Bradley told RTÉ Sport's John Kenny afterwards.

"And it belongs at the top of the league. It's great that we've got there (the final), but we want to go win it for the fans, for the board, for the academy... for everything that we're doing."

Rovers' recent record against their biggest rivals had been much talked about in the build-up to the game.

They'd beaten Bohs just once in their previous nine clashes, although crucially that had been the most recent encounter between the clubs.

Burke's opener was his second goal against the Gypsies in as many games and Bradley was delighted for his striker.

"Graham Burke scores in big games. That's what he does, he scores goals," opined his manager.

"I think the players deserve tremendous credit. They've come here to a hostile environment and they've dealt with it quite comfortably in the end. We were calm and clear with what we had to do tonight. You could sense yesterday in training that they were ready."

Danny Mandroiu was sent off as Bohs' frustration grew in the second half, but Bradley says that his side were the better team long before that moment.

"It was nice to get the second. Their left-back (Pady Kirk) made an unbelievable clearance from Graham Burke. We had one or two other chances as well.

"We've got to try to finish the season as strongly as we can, get as close to Dundalk as we can. They've won the league and they deserved to win the league, but we've got to get close to them.

"The final will look after itself when it comes around."