Shamrock Rovers play Shelbourne in FAI Cup

Updated: August 28, 2012

Shamrock Rovers have been paired with Shelbourne in the quarter finals of the FAI Cup with the Dublin derby serving as the stand-out tie of the round.

In another highly anticipated clash St.Patrick’s Athletic have been awarded home advantage against a resurgent Drogheda United side.

Making up the draw is the third all-Premier clash of Bohemians and Dundalk at Dalymount and finally the winners of the twice postponed Waterford United v Mervue United game will travel to The Brandywell to take on Derry City.
Shamrock Rovers will have to travel to their former ‘home’ Tolka Park for the tie as they seek to win the FAI Cup for the 24th time in their history.

Alan Mathews is assured that Premier Division form won’t matter too much when the sides meet, with the former Cork City boss stating cup football is different to the league.

Mathews is also delighted at having home advantage for the tie and he knows the crowd will play a huge part if Shelbourne are to repeat their heroics of last season.

“No, it’s a one-off game and it should be a great occasion,” said the Shelbourne manager. “There’s a great cup tradition between the two clubs and it’s probably the tie of the round.

“Certainly to have a club like Rovers coming to us for a game like this is terrific; we’ll look forward it and I know the lads will be determined to make it a great night for our fans.”

Derry City might look to have received the plum tie of the round, with home advantage against a First Division team, but Candystripes manager Declan Devine knows of the pitfalls of playing against underdogs.

“I think it’s probably the draw every one of the managers would have wanted, to be honest, but then we got quite a wake-up call last year when we were put out by Wexford Youths, so I can assure you we won’t be complacent,” said the 38-year old.

The quarter finals of the FAI Cup will be played on the weekend of the 16th September. The full draw is below.

Shelbourne v Shamrock Rovers
Bohemians v Dundalk
St Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United
Derry City v Waterford United/Mervue United

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