Pat's Face Tricky Trip To Cork

  • Fri, Sep 16, 2011 @ 10:18

St Patrick's Athletic continue their quest to end their FAI Ford Cup hoodoo with a tricky fixture away to Cork City at Turner's Cross tonight, kick-off 7.35pm.

Watch Cork City vs St Patrick's Athletic live on RTÉ Two and worldwide on RTÉ.ie from 7.30pm.

The Saints' long wait for cup success (they last won the competition in 1961) is well documented, but they have performed well in it in recent years.

A win on Leeside would see the Inchicore outfit reach the semi-finals for the third time in the last four seasons.

But Pat's are still in the race for the Airtricity League Premier Division title and manager Pete Mahon wants to avoid an energy-sapping replay at all costs.

"We won't be making too many changes to the starting line-up as this is a very important game for us in terms of our season," Mahon said.

"We'll be hoping to get the tie over with tomorrow and I'm sure Cork will be thinking the same.

"We've had a lot of midweek games recently and we would like to get back to a more regular schedule if we can.

"Cork also have the EA Sports Cup final coming up next weekend so I'd imagine they won't want a replay either."

Cork defeated Pat's 2-1 en route to the EA decider and so Pat's will not be taking the challenge of the First Division side lightly.

"We've seen them quite a few times this season and they're a very good side who will be very difficult to beat," Mahon said.

"We've been playing well lately, though, and picking up good results so we'll go down knowing that we're in good form and that we can win the game."

The Dubliners will make the trip without striker David McMillan who continues to be affected by a hamstring injury. Mahon will also be unable to call on the services of cup-tied duo Shane Guthrie and Seán O'Connor.

The hosts have a couple of injury concerns as well, with Stephen Mulcahy (knee) and goalkeeper Mark McNulty (back) definitely ruled out, as is the cup-tied Daryl Horgan. City are also sweating on the fitness of Neal Horgan (knee) and Gearoid Morrissey (ankle).

Tommy Dunne's charges will come into the game on a high after recording a 7-0 away win over Athlone Town last Saturday, but their manager realises that St Pat's will be a much sterner test of their credentials.

"This game offers us the opportunity to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the country, and that is an opportunity that all of us, players and staff, are looking forward to.

"With this game and next week's cup final both on television, our supporters have a great opportunity to turn out in numbers and show the rest of the country why this club should be in the Premier Division."

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