By Dave Donnelly
Shamrock Rovers commenced their research for a 25th FAI Cup crown with a 1- victory in excess of Finn Harps at Tallaght Stadium previous night.
Dan Carr scored the game’s only purpose halfway as a result of the initially 50 % as the Hoops dominated all through and could simply have won much more comfortably.
The London-born striker curled dwelling an superb finish from Ronan Finn’s crossfield move to give Stephen Bradley’s facet a direct they rarely appeared like surrendering.
Rovers took handle from the initially whistle and hit the submit within 3 minutes when Carr diverted Ronan Finn headed Dan Carr’s shot off the woodwork. Burke rippled the sidenetting with a shot prior to Carr’s classy complete set the Hoops in front, the striker controlling right before sending an angled finish earlier Mark McGinley.
McGinley had to be notify times afterwards as he bought down well to deny Finn from Jack Byrne’s rapid absolutely free kick.
Harps experienced odds in the second fifty percent as Cretaro and Harry Ascroft the two observed photographs blocked, and the best likelihood fell to Nathan Boyle but he could not beat Alan Mannus.
McGinley was at comprehensive stretch to preserve substitute Dylan Watts’ header from a pretty clipped Byrne go, right before Aaron Greene missed two oneon- ones inside a minute.
SHAMROCK ROVERS: Mannus E Boyle (Greene 46), Lopes, Grace, Kavanagh O’Neill, McEneff, Byrne Finn, Carr (Cummins 84), Burke (Watts 65).
FINN HARPS: McGinley O’Reilly, Deasy, Smith, Todd, Russell G Harkin,
Ascroft, R Harkin (McNamee 80) Timlin (N Boyle 70), Cretaro (Place 80).
Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin).