Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Team News: St Pat's Vs Cork City (3.55pm, Sunday)
- Sat, Oct 01, 2016 @ 19:26
St Patrick's Athletic take on Cork City in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Semi-Finals on Sunday in Richmond Park with the sides just 90 minutes away from the final next month (kick-off 3.55pm).
The Saints will be looking to reach what would be their third final in the last five years, while the Rebels will be hoping to reach their second final in two years.
In team news, the Saints will give goalkeeper Conor O'Malley a late fitness test on a thigh strain injury, while Liam Buckley's side are without midfielders David Cawley (Collarbone), Keith Treacy (Hamstring) and Jack Bayly (Thigh) through injury.
"The FAI Cup has been a great competition to both sides over the last few years so again one of us are going to be back in the Aviva next month. Cork have been going well lately and have impressed in league, cup and in Europe so we know it's going to be a tough game," Saints boss Buckley told stpatsfc.com.
"It would be great from our side of things to get back to the Aviva. We've great memories of winning in 2014 and it would be great to make more of our own history again."
For Saints' captain Ger O'Brien, the prospect of facing Cork is a daunting one as the defender admits that Cork have been one of the standout teams in domestic football this year.
"The league table does not lie. Cork have been up there with Dundalk all year so they're one of the best sides in the country. If you look at their squad and bench, they've an impressive squad of players. However this is the FAI Cup, it's all about performing on the day. We know if we play to our best, we are capable of getting a result."