- Monday April 12th, 2010 @ 14:54
SAINTS LOOK TO TAKE SETANTA SEMI-FINAL TO SLIGO
Having lost out to a late winner from Drogheda United in the League on Friday night, St Patrick's Athletic will be hoping to bounce back tomorrow evening when they take on Sligo Rovers in the first leg of their Setanta Cup Semi-final at Richmond Park.
Paul Cooks' Rovers side are currently sitting fourth in the Airtricity League, unbeaten in their first seven games.
The Bit O' Red will certainly test the Pat's defence over the two legs, with the likes of Gary McCabe, Matthew Blinkhorn and Eoin Doyle posing an attacking threat.
2009-2010 Setanta Cup Results
13/03/10 - Linfield 1 St Patrick's Athletic 0
26/02/10 - St Patrick's Athletic 1 Linfield 1
22/09/09 - Derry City 1 St Patrick's Athletic 1
As Derry City were removed from the competition both Linfield and St Patrick's Athletic were awarded 3-0 victories over the Candystripes by the Setanta Cup Committee.
Brian Cash is unavailable as the midfielder is cup tied having featured for the Bit O` Red earlier in the campaign and defender Ian Bermingham is nursing a hamstring strain and is likely to miss out.
I was bitterly disappointed with the manner of the defeat (against Drogheda) the same thing happened to us up in Linfield.
The sign of a good team is how they react to defeat and Tuesday night will be a big test for us, we just have to take it on the chin and move on.
(on Sligo) They've a good team and a good manager.
They beat us comprehensively 2-0 at the end of last season and though the season did not end too well for them last year they've added some quality players to their squad since then.
It's over two legs and we can expect two tough games but we're hoping that we can build some sort of platform on Tuesday night to bring with us to the Showgrounds â€“ we don't want to be going there in a deficit situation.
The last final Pat's were in was a classic against Derry in wind-swept Landsdowne and it would be great to get into a final again.
This is a whole new team and that would be a great achievement for themâ€ť â€“ Pete Mahon.
St Patrick's Athletic FC have introduced a special â‚¬10 adult priced ticket to encourage fans to come along and hopefully help cheer the Saints into the final.
Tickets on sale from club shop on Emmet Rd.