After Sunday’s stalemate Shelbourne and Derry City have to do it all again, and we will have live score updates from the FAI Cup semi-final replay at Tolka Park. Kick off 8.00pm
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The sides cancelled each other out in a somewhat nervy affair on Sunday as David Cassidy’s early strike was cancelled out by Derry’s David McDaid.
Shels manager Alan Matthews was in fact happy to get another chance to bring the Dubliners to their second final in a row as his side were fighting against a number of factors.
“It was a difficult game for us on Sunday, to go up and play a game at lunch hour, something we’re not used to, but the guys adapted really well. Some of the guys hadn’t really had 90 minutes under their belt for the last couple of weeks for various reasons. They produced a really hard working performance and we’re looking forward to Wednesday night now,” he said.
Matthews’ Derry counterpart Declan Devine has prepared his side for the atmosphere at Tolka Park but says he won’t change his gameplan from Sunday.
“We must be strong defensively at Tolka Park which I consider to be a proper stadium with a good atmosphere,” he said.
“During the second half on Sunday, when we managed to play a bit, we bossed the game and we’ll be looking to do just that and try and get an early foothold on the proceedings. I’d like to think we will give a good account of ourselves and try to control the match if we can.”
“We have won there before and cup semi-finals are all about who turns up on the day.”
Shelbourne have a full squad to choose from despite some early concerns over the fitness of some players who had taken knocks on Sunday.
Derry though are awaiting news on midfielder Brian Molloy who showed signs of cramping towards the end of the drawn game but Devine says, “he has been receiving regular treatment, so we haven’t give up hope on Barry playing just yet.”
Ones to watch
Shelbourne - Former Bohs and Ireland U21 Glenn Cronin absolutely bossed the midfield for Shelbourne when Derry upped their game in the second half on Sunday, and he will need to maintain that form if Derry are to be stopped repeating their April win at Tolka Park.
Derry - Goalscorer on Sunday, wee man Davy McDaid has netted eight goals in ten, and 16 all season, for the Candystripes and has been the stand out performer for Derry in the later part of this season.
Shels should be more composed at home, but Derry and McDaid are capable of scoring so it could be set for extra time and penalties.
Probable line ups
Shelbourne: Bennion, Boyle, Paisley, Cronin, Cassidy, Hughes, Dawson, Kavanagh, S Byrne, P Byrne, Ryan.
Derry: Doherty, Madden, S McEleney, Greacen, McCaffrey; P McEleney, Molloy, Deery, McLaughlin; Patterson, McDaid.