IT was a bad night for Belfast’s ‘Big Two’ when Glentoran and Linfield were knocked out of the Setanta Cup at the quarter final stage.
Linfield’s 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Shamrock Rovers (7-2 on aggregate) means David Jeffrey will not pick up any silverware this season for the south Belfast club.
David Armstrong gave the Blues the lead on 26 minutes while Thomas Stewart scored twice and Billy Dennehy once to secure a comfortable overall 7-2 success for Rovers.
Karl Sheppard shot off target and Barry Murphy saved from Thompson, before Stewart took advantage of more poor defending to head home from close range in the 69th minute.
The home side had a shout for handball by Dennehy inside the area turned down and it was Dennehy who struck his team’s third, his low effort going under the body of goalkeeper Ross Glendinning.
The match took place against a backdrop of tension in the stands as flares were thrown from the North Stand which housed Shamrock Rovers supporters and the visiting fans also clashed with police officers after trying to break through a cordon.
The Glens were 5-0 down to Sligo Rovers after their first leg and Lee Lynch, Raffaele Cretaro and Liam Martin scored to complete an 8-0 aggregate victory.
Lynch blasted the ball past Aaron Hogg from 30 yards after seven minutes for the opener at the Oval.
Cretaro slid the ball past the onrushing Hogg for the second on 25 and Martin completed the rout five minutes from the end.
Sligo will now face Drogheda United in the semi-finals, with Shamrock Rovers taking on Cork City.