St Patrick’s Athletics quest for a FAI cup since 1961 remains on course after they beat a determined Cork City side 1-0 at Turners Cross.
Pete Mahon was only a 14 year old when Pats beat Drumcondra 2-1 to claim their last crown 50 years again and the former UCD man will be thankful to the boot of Danny North whose 30th minute goal, his first in the FAI cup, sealed a third semi final appearance in four seasons.
Despite having already beaten St Pats already this season Cork boss Tommy Dunne handed a pre match advantage to the visitors when he left top scorer Graham Cummins on the bench, the manager clearly focusing his attentions to the upcoming clash with Waterford in the league on Tuesday and Derry in the EA sports cup next weekend.
With Cork playing with one man upfront they were always going to struggle to impose themselves up front and as such Pats dominated possession deservedly taking the lead when Stephen Bradley fed the ball to North who coolly slotted the ball home.
Cork posed more of a threat in the second half especially when Cummins came on but they failed to breach a Pats backline that was marshalled superbly by Conor Kenna and Evan McMillan. Cork threw the kitchen sink at Pats in the closing stages but a couple of efforts that either went wide or were blocked aside they never really threatened Gary Rogers in the Pats goal. Pats march on.