CRUSADERS 1 SLIGO ROVERS 4
There will be no repeat of 2012’s remarkable Setanta Cup success for Crusaders this year.
Stephen Baxter’s men were hammered 4-1 by FAI Cup winners Sligo Rovers at Seaview.
Although the two sides will meet again on March 10, Eric Oohiambo’s impressive hat-trick has made the second leg almost pointless.
Oohiambo opened the scoring on 17 minutes with a superb lob and Rovers doubled their lead through Aaron Greene.
Crusaders found themselves three goals down when Oohiambo struck his second in first half stoppage time from 10 yards.
Oohiambo completed the rout and wrapped up his hat-trick on 62 minutes, poking home a Greene corner-kick with the help of a knock-down from Jeff Henderson.
Declan Caddell pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute, but it was scant consolation for the Crues.