Preview: Saints V Bohs

  • Mon, Sep 24, 2007 @ 8:44

Two of the big guns left in this season's FAI Cup go head to head at Richmond Park, Inchicore on Monday night as Saint Patrick's Athletic host Bohemians in the quarter-finals. Both sides have recently seen their league challenges dented.

The Saints are still technically in the race for the League of Ireland title but sitting eight points behind leaders Drogheda with only seven games to go, they need a phenomenal finish to overtake both the Drogs and Shamrock Rovers. Bohemians meanwhile are in sixth place and look to have an uphill task ahead of them to claim a top three place which would ensure European and possible Setanta Cup football.

St. Pats will of course be again looking to end their FAI Cup drought. Despite two final appearances in the last five years, the Saints have not won the competition since 1961 (one of two wins). They do go into the game with a good home record this season - something that has remained intact despite their mid-season flop. Only Galway United have claimed a league win at Richmond Park while the Saints have won nine of their remaining twelve home games.

Bohs are one of the few teams to have taken a point on their visit to Inchicore and the meeting between the sides ended 0-0 at the venue in April. Since then, Bohs beat the Saints 2-0 at Dalymount Park in late May. Having hit a sticky patch of their own, Bohs lost at home for the first time last Monday night when Shamrock Rovers claimed a 2-0 win at Dalymount.

Looking back on that game, Bohs boss Sean Connor could draw some positives, "In the cold light of day, I was pleased by the passing and the performance in that match. All that was missing from our game was execution. An equaliser for us in that game would have turned that game on its head but it never came and we must learn from our mistakes and move on."

Connor is hoping his side can again lift their game, "The next game is now the most important one and if we can continue to play as we did for long spells against Rovers, and take our chances, I believe we can make the next round."

Bohs are six time winners of the FAI Cup and already have a League Cup final to look forward to in October. Their last FAI Cup win came in 2001 and they were beaten finalists in the second running of the competition the following year.

To get this far St. Pats beat non-league Phoenix FC at home before a dramatic late win over Bray at the Carlisle Grounds. Bohs saw off non-league Malahide United in the third round but saw off one of the favourites - Drogheda United at United Park - in the second round.

The last time the sides met in the competition, the Saints eventually won out 4-3 after extra-time in a 2003 replay at the semi-final stage.

Next Fixture

Bohemians / June 28th @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park
Team Pld Pts
Derry City2341
Shamrock Rovers2131
Waterford FC2131
Galway United FC2030
St Patrick's Athletic2327
Sligo Rovers2125
Bohemian FC1924
Drogheda United2116