Monaghan United V St Patrick's Athletic

  • Fri, Aug 14, 2009 @ 9:49

After 48 years of hurt in the FAI Cup, St Patrick's Athletic manager Jeff Kenna hopes 2009 can be their year.

The latest stop on that quest for the Blue Riband of Irish football for St Pat's is Century Homes Park and a fourth round tie with Monaghan United.

With their league challenge now over, the cup represents Pat's' best chance of a place in Europe, where they have excelled in recent weeks.

Kenna said: 'Everybody at the club knows how long it's been since we last won the competition. It's always important but it's now our priority because it gives us a way back into Europe next season if we win it.

'I realise, having spoken to people, how important the cup is to the supporters and we'll be looking to go as far as we can in the competition.'

European hero Declan O'Brien is the only absentee as he is cup-tied having played in the previous round for Dundalk.

Monaghan may have needed a replay to beat Leinster Senior League side Cherry Orchard, but they have been progressing well in the league and picked up a 2-0 win at Wexford Youths at the weekend.

Kenna added: 'They're sixth in the First Division and we will have to be wary of the threat they will cause.

'They'll be looking to cause an upset against us and if we're not right on the night then that could happen.'

Kick-off at Century Homes Park is 8pm.

Next Fixture

Galway United / February 4th @ 7:00pm
Competition: Friendly
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium

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