Lone Star Rees fires Shels in to FAI Cup last four

by Aaron Dunne
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Former Lone Star FC midfielder Morgan Rees was Shelbourne’s FAI Cup star on Saturday.

The American kept the Tolka Park side’s defense on track with her first goal for the club, the 64th-minute finish sending the holders into the final four at the expense of DLR Waves.

Freya Roche put Waves ahead as early minute six before Megan Smyth-Lynch levelled proceedings 14 minutes later.

The away side had the chance to move back in front just before the break but Michelle Doonan missed a penalty, paving the way for Rees to win it in style.

Shamrock Rovers progression to the semi-final stage was a little more routine.

The Hoops produced a five-star display to defeat Cork in Bishopstown on Sunday afternoon.

The visitors went ahead on 13 minutes thanks to a cool finish by Stephanie Zambra.

Irish International Aine O’Gorman doubled the advantage four minutes before half-time and when Cork City were reduced to 10 players on 67 minutes Rovers went for the jugular.

Joy Ralph made it three before O’Gorman got her second and Lauren Kelly added a fifth, as Collie O’Neills added serious gloss to the scoreline in the last 18 minutes.  

Bohemians and Peamount United failed to make it an all Dublin final four, losing to Sligo Rovers and Athlone Town respectively.

Bohs were left feeling blue by ‘Bit of Red’ after a dramatic quarter-final

The Phibsboro side struggled to break down the LOI of Ireland strugglers and just when it looked like extra time may be needed, Jodie Loughrey popped up with a shock Sligo winner.

Extra time and penalties were needed in the Athlone versus Peamount quarter-final, Athlone eventually progressing after the winner 3-2 on spot kicks.

Casey Howe of Sligo Rovers in action against Fiona Donnelly of Bohs during the Sports Direct Women’s FAI Cup quarter-final at Dalymount Park. Photo: Sportsfile

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