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eirSport to broadcast Drogheda United’s two Setanta Sports Cup triumphs

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Drogheda captain Declan O'Brien celebrates with the Setanta Sports Trophy, also pictured is Drogheda chairman Vincent Hoey. Photo Credit: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Drogheda United fans are in for a treat this week as two of their Setanta Sports Cup victories are to be shown on eirSport, as part of a week long line-up of classic matches bring shown by the broadcaster.

eirSport, previously Setanta Sports, were the principle sponsor of the competition which ran between 2005 and 2014. The Irish broadcaster have announced details of a week long series of Classic Setanta Cup Finals to be shown on the channel, which is available to all residential eir broadband and TV customers, as well as through Sky TV.

All three of Drogheda United’s appearances in the Setanta Sports Cup showpieces are set to be broadcast starting with their 2006 win over Cork City at Tolka Park on Tuesday March 24 at 8.30pm. Drogs supporters can also enjoy watching their team retain the trophy in 2007 by tuning in on Wednesday March 25 to see their penalty shoot-out victory over Linfield at Windsor Park.

Drogheda’s third and final appearance in the Setanta Sports Cup final came in 2013 and that defeat to Shamrock Rovers can be seen at 7.30pm on Sunday evening, right before the screening of the 2014 final between Dundalk and Sligo Rovers, a game in which the Bit O’Red – who had the likes of Gary Rogers, Alan Keane and Ross Gaynor in their team – emerged as victors.

The 2011 final between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk FC will also be screened during the week, with that game set to go out on Saturday evening at 7.30pm. In total, eirSport are showing nine classic finals throughout the next seven days of programming.

SSE Airtricity League football has been postponed until June 19th, at the earliest, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Both Dundalk FC and Drogheda United had made positive starts to their league campaigns prior to the halting of games. The Lilywhites won four of their opening five games in the Premier Division to lie second in the league, while Tim Clancy’s Drogheda United are second in the First Division having won two of their three games to date, scoring seven goals in the process.

The Drogs won the second edition of the cross-border Setanta Sports Cup in 2006, beating Cork City 1-0 in Tolka Park courtesy of Mark Leech’s extra time goal. They retained the trophy a year later when beating Linfield on penalties, after a 1-1 stalemate in 120 minutes. Damien Lynch’s missed penalty proved not be costly when Tony Grant levelled Paul McAreavey’s opener.

Lynch missed again in the shootout only for Grant, Shane Robinson, Stephen Bradley and Stuart Byrne to score and win it for United. Their third appearance in the final, in 2011, ended in a 1-7 drubbing by Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium.

Dundalk made the final twice – in 2011 and 2014, under managers Ian Foster and Stephen Kenny respectively. They lost in Tallaght on both occasions to Shamrock Rovers first (0-2) and latterly 0-1 to Sligo Rovers.

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