Last season’s League Champions against last season’s FAI Cup Runners-Up is the appetising fare on offer at Tolka Park on Friday night, when Shelbourne take on Shamrock Rovers in the Quarter Final of the FAI Ford Cup. Kick-Off at the Drumcondra venue is 8pm.
This match come just seven days after the league game between the two sides ended in a 2-2 draw at Tallaght Stadium, with what looked like a winning goal for Shelbourne being cleared off the line two minutes into ‘lost’ time.
Since that game, both sides suffered defeat in their league games on Monday night, with Shelbourne going down 0-2 to St. Patricks Athletic and Rovers suffering their first home league defeat of the season at the hands of Bohemians – the Gypsies claiming the only goal of the match.
The record of results between Shels and Rovers for this season shows that, prior to last Friday’s game. Shamrock Rovers had claimed victory in all three games played – however, Alan Mathews’ charges showed that this form didn’t mean a lot when they competed well in all areas of the pitch and could have snatched all three points with that chance at the death.
Following Monday night’s game with St. Patricks, Alan Mathews was asked for his thoughts on the upcoming FAI Ford Cup tie with Shamrock Rovers and replied “It’s a huge opportunity for us to progress in the cup – another very big game for the club, Rovers coming here after being beaten by Bohemians.”
“We want to progress and want to make sure we pass this test. We’re going to have to step up to it, going to have to play better than we did tonight and last Friday to make sure we get the right result. They’re great games to be playing in, great games to be involved in – and we’re looking forward to it.
Shelbourne will have a full squad to select from for this game, reporting no injuries and both Glenn Cronin and Paddy Kavanagh return from suspension.