FAI Ford Cup: Preview of Drogheda United v St Patrick’s Athletic

Updated: September 17, 2012
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There is one FAI Ford Cup quarter-finals replay on Monday evening, September 17, with Drogheda United facing St Patrick’s Athletic at Hunky Dorys Park. Kick-off is 7.45pm and there will be extra-time and penalties if required.

FAI Ford Cup Quarter-Final Replay

Drogheda United v St Patrick’s Athletic
Hunky Dorys Park, Drogheda, 7.45pm. Ref: Damien Hancock.

The sides drew 0-0 at Richmond Park last Friday night.
It was the second scoreless draw between the sides this season.
It was the only one of the four quarter-finals to end in a draw.
The winners will join Derry City, Dundalk and Shelbourne in the semi-finals.
Both sides will know who the winner will face in the semi-finals as the draw is due to take place during RTE Two’s MNS programme on Monday evening at 7pm.

Team News
Drogheda United will select from the same squad which was on duty for the drawn game last Friday night although Paul Crowley is rated 50-50 after picking up a knock in Richmond Park.
St Patrick’s Athletic will be without Mark Rossiter and recent recruit Hernany Macedo through injury while top-scorer Christy Fagan and midfielder John Russell face late fitness tests before kick-off. The Saints, however, have been boosted by the returns of Anto Flood and Dean Kelly who have resumed full training and could come into contention for a place in the matchday squad, while Stephen O’Flynn saw his return to first team duty in the final stages of last Friday’s drawn game.

Mick Cooke (Drogheda United manager): “I thought St Pats were certainly the better team in the second half and they had their chances and we were lucky to come away with a nil-nil draw. But we’ll be confident at home and I’m hoping that Pats have missed their chance now and we can capitalise on this replay and make the semi-final. It’s still good to be in the cup and the atmosphere on Monday night will be fantastic and hopefully we can give the fans more reason to celebrate.

Liam Buckley (St Patrick’s Athletic): “Drogheda are a tough team to play on any day, but playing them out in United Park makes things a bit more difficult. In spite of that though, it’s a chance to progress to the semi-finals and the players are looking forward to Monday evening. One side will finish on top one way or the other on Monday, we just hope that it is ourselves that finish on the right side of the result.”

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