Sporting Fingal V St Pat's Preview

  • Thu, Sep 11, 2008 @ 12:33

Sporting Fingal prepare to take on St Patrick's Athletic in the quarter-finals of the FAI Ford Cup on Thursday evening.

Liam Buckley's side will be aiming to make history by reaching the semi-finals of the biggest cup competition in Irish football by knocking out one of the favourites to win it.

The First Division hopefuls will be without the cup-tied trio of Brendan Clarke, Barry Ferguson, and John Frost, so they will have to tweak their starting line-up.

With Robbie Doyle and Peter Hynes in attack, they have the ability to score plenty of goals and will surely test their opponents at Morton Stadium.

"St Pat's, of course, are the favourites to advance to the semi-finals but we intend to make this cup tie competitive," said Buckley.

John McDonnell will bring a depleted team across Dublin as they look to stay in this competition and the hunt for silverware.

Playmaker Keith Fahey is expected to miss out, while Stephen Paisley, John Murphy, and Dave Rogers are also major doubts for the Inchicore outfit.

David Partridge could start in defence as Jason Gavin is cup-tied, while Jaroslaw Bialek, Bobby Ryan, and Gary O'Neill will be hoping to start the game.

Next Fixture

Sligo Rovers / February 21st @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: The Showgrounds
Team Pld Pts
Waterford FC13
Finn Harps13
Bohemian FC00
Shamrock Rovers00
Sligo Rovers10
St Patrick's Athletic10
Derry City10
Cork City10