- Friday May 14th, 2010 @ 12:15
SETANTA CUP FINAL SHOWDOWN
The race for the first piece of silverware this season concludes on Saturday with the Setanta Cup Final taking place in Tallaght Stadium (kick off 6.30pm).
The final pits top of the table St Patrick's Athletic against last years' league champions and Dublin rivals Bohemians.
Background of Competition
The Setanta Cup is a cross-border competition, featuring four teams from the North and four from the South.
The top two finishers in both premier divisions, along with the respective cup winners from each league are eligible to participate.
Since it's inception in 2005, the competition has been won by three separate sides; Linfield (2005), Drogheda (2006 & 2007), and Cork City (2008).
The Saints' road to the final included two tough battles with Linfield before a comprehensive 6-2 aggregate victory over Sligo Rovers in the semi-final.
Pete Mahon's men will go up against a Bohemians side that secured their place in the final with a 3-1 aggregate semi-final win over the Irish League Champions Linfield.
Midfielder Brian Cash is cup-tied having played for Sligo Rovers earlier in the competition and club captain Damian Lynch is set to miss the final with a hamstring injury.
“It's encouraging to hear that so many fans are coming up to Tallaght. There was a great atmosphere for our last league game with the whole crowd really getting behind the team and lifting them when we were reduced to 10 men.
It would be great to build on that level of support for the cup final.
I hope the supporters enjoy the day and as a team we will be doing everything we can to ensure they enjoy it even more” – Pete Mahon.