FAI Cup Team News
- Thu, Oct 13, 2011 @ 17:19
It is well documented that St Patrick's Athletic have gone 50 years since their last FAI Cup success and Pete Mahon is hoping his side can overcome Shelbourne in tomorrow's (7.35pm) Semi-Final to setup a final against Bohemians or Sligo Rovers.
Dave Mulcahy continues to receive treatment on his hamstring injury and will undergo a fitness test tomorrow morning.
There are no suspensions, but Shane Guthrie, John O'Connor and Sean O'Connor are all cup-tied having played for their previous Clubs in previous rounds (Dundalk, Crumlin United and Limerick FC respectively).
“There is a good mood in the camp this week buoyed by Monday's Leinster Senior Cup success. We couldn't enjoy the win, except for five minutes afterwards as we are fully focused on this match.
"There is a bit of pressure on us to win due to the time since the Club's last (FAI) Cup success. This is something which everyone is well aware of.
“We have been told how much of a great experience it is to play at the Aviva Stadium, and we want to be one of the teams who line out for November's final.
“Dave (Mulcahy), Conor (Kenna), Gary (Rogers) and Daryl (Kavanagh) have all played in the Aviva (during the past 14 months). Albeit they were friendly matches, they said it was a great occasion and something which we would all like to experience.
“We want to cap off a very good season by reaching the Final, but we face very tricky opposition in Shelbourne tomorrow.
“They are currently a First Division Club but, they have Premier Division players and are challenging for the title. We will probably see them in the Premier Division next season.
“We have faced tricky First Division opposition in previous rounds, Waterford (Fourth Round) and Cork (Quarter-Final) and if we get to the Final we will have done so without facing a Premier Division side.
“We have a good away record in recent cup matches and I hope after tomorrow we will have one more in November.”