Record FAI Cup win for Rovers

Sligo Rovers produced their biggest ever FAI Cup win as they put eight past Glebe North at Market Green.

Both David Cawley and Kris Twardek bagged a hat-trick, while Regan Donelon and Dante Leverock added to Rovers’ haul as the Showgrounds side registered the result of the night.

Looking for their first win in this competition since 2016, it was Rovers who were well in charge throughout.

Donelon had first sight at goal eight minutes in, while Noel Barrett’s volley was a simple take for Sligo goalkeeper Ed McGinty two minutes later.

This was Glebe’s only attempt at goal of the half before Sligo, heavy favourites to progress, hit the lead 12 minutes in.

Daryl Fordyce allowed Lewis Banks’ ball from deep all the way across to Cawley who neatly clipped the ball beyond Alan O’Connor and into the top corner.

The Premier Division side were dumped out of the cup at the first hurdle in both 2017 and 2018 and Liam Buckley would have been adamant that lightning not strike for a third time.

Glebe’s Keith Murray swept Kris Twardek’s shot off the line 23 minutes in, but Rovers would return a quarter hour later to double their lead.

Full back Donelon making the most of the space in front of him as he rocketed the ball past O’Connor from all of 25 yards.

Cawley had his brace five minutes into the second half. Well off his line, O’Connor came to meet Banks whose initial effort he pushed away.

But Cawley was on hand to fire over the stranded ‘keeper and into an empty goalmouth.

Leverock made it four three minutes later. 

While the Leinster Senior League outfit fell further behind on 65 minutes. Twardek rewarded for his endeavour down the Sligo wing when he fired home having linked up with Banks.

Cawley had his hat-trick and Rovers’ sixth on 76 when he chipped O’Connor from close range.

While Twardek had his brace when the Canadian rounded O’Connor four minutes later. All too simple for the Bit O’Red.

The Canadian rounded off a successful night for both himself and the north westerners when he tapped home a penalty on the stroke of full-time.