Eighteen-year-old Donegal Town native Liam Martin netted his first competitive goal for Sligo Rovers in a comfortable 3-0 (8-0 on aggregate) win over Northern Irish side Glentoran in the last eight of the Setanta Sports Cup.
Martin, who replaced Raffaele Cretaro in the 59th minute, scored after some neat play down the right wing, which saw him cut inside and fire a low shot past Glentoran goalkeeper Aaron Hogg five minutes from time.
Sligo’s first goal came courtesy of a 35-yard screamer from midfielder Lee Lynch. Cretaro doubled Sligo’s lead on 25 minutes, knocking in a goal that made up for an earlier howler, which saw him miss a wide open net.
Sligo were dominant against a young Glentoran side in a game that had barely 100 spectators present and Martin capped off an easy win with his late strike.
Sligo will now face Drogheda United in the semi-final stage of the Setanta Sports Cup, while Shamrock Rovers will face Cork City in the other game.
These semis will take place over two legs, the first on Tuesday, April 16, and the second on Monday, April, 22, with the final penned in for Saturday, May 11.
Martin, who scored a hat-trick for Sligo in their last pre-season outing, a 7-0 win over Castlebar Celtic last month, spent last season on loan at Ballinamallard in Fermanagh having signed a two-year deal at the Showgrounds before his departure.
After making his Rovers debut against Dundalk in 2011, Martin, formerly of Donegal Town FC, won an FAI Cup winners’ medal having been an unused substitute in the penalty shoot-out win over Shelbourne at the Aviva Stadium.
Ramelton native Barry McNamee was part of the Derry City side that lost 2-1 against Drogheda on Monday night. Ryan Brennan’s stoppage time winner gave the Louth team a 3-2 aggregate win.
Elsewhere, Shaun Kelly is expected to return to the Limerick FC squad for Friday’s visit to Drogheda. The Killybegs native had a ban carried over from last season that saw him miss last Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Cork City at Thomond Park on the Shannonsiders’ return to the top flight.
Ballybofey’s Johnny Dunleavy missed as he has just returned to training having had flu and then tonsillitis.