- Friday October 15th, 2010 @ 15:52
FAI Ford Cup Team News
St Patrick's Athletic make the short journey to Tallaght Stadium on Sunday afternoon to take on neighbours and rivals Shamrock Rovers in the second Ford FAI Cup semi-final of the weekend.
Damien Lynch is suspended, Gareth Coughlan (leg) remains out and Garret O'Connor and Chris Bennion are both cup-tied.
Shane Guthrie was back training this week following a recent leg injury and is expected to be passed fit and available for selection after training on Saturday morning.
"It's a semi-final so league form goes out the window for games like this.
Neither team has been setting the world alight in recently but I think a defeat would probably be far more detrimental to Rovers than to ourselves.
They had the league in their own hands a few weeks ago but having said that, Bohemians have a far tougher run-in so I don't think the league is over for them by any means.
There is really nothing to choose between the teams and it might come down to whoever gets that little bit of luck on the day.
I'm a firm believer that somebody's name is etched on that cup from the start of the season and things like a referees decision or the bounce of the ball will either go for you or go against you on the day.
Home ground does give teams an unfair advantage and I don't see anything wrong with playing games like these in neutral venues - tonight's game (Bohemians V Sligo) could easily have been played in Tallaght and our game could have been played in Dalymount.
It would also have made more sense to have played tonight's game on Sunday to accommodate travelling supporters from Sligo with our all-Dublin game being played on a Friday night" - Pete Mahon, Manager St Patrick's Athletic.