St Patricks Athletic 50 year wait for a FAI Cup final win is on hold for another year at least after they crashed out at the hands of Division one side Shelbourne in stunning fashion on Monday night.
Having fought back from a goal down on Friday night at Tolka Park, Shelbourne were once again forced to chase an early deficit as David McMillan opened the scoring for St Pats on 14 minutes, the striker heading home Derek Doyle’s left wing cross to put the home side in front.
However with 28 minutes gone the game turned on its head as Gary Rogers took down Kevin Dawson in the box to give Shelbourne a penalty, which Dawson dusting himself down to slot the ball home, St Pat’s misery completed with the sending off of Rogers.
Pete Mahon’s side managed to get to the break level despite Shels pushing for a second against their rattled hosts.
The half time team talk failed to have the desired effects and instead it was Shels who took control early into the second half, Brendan McGill getting on the end of David Cassidy’s cross to fire low past substitute keeper Chris Bennion to put Shels 2-1 up.
Alan Matthews had the chance to make the game safe on 61 minutes when Shane McFaul conceded another St Pats penalty fouling Cassidy, however this time Bennion was equal to Dawson’s effort.
As the Saints pushed bodies forward to find an equaliser Shelbourne looked dangerous on the break and with four minutes remaining they made the game safe, Cassidy scoring into the top corner from inside the box.
Heartbreak for St Pats however Shelbourne advance to the FAI cup final where they will meet the holders, Sligo Rovers at the Aviva Stadium.