EA Cup Final
Date: 5:45 p.m. Sept. 20, 2014
Venue: Oriel Park
Ref:
Att:
TV:

Dane Massey 4' -
Scored: 4'


Dane Massey 46' -
Scored: 46'


Patrick Hoban 49' -
Scored: 49'


Scored: 28'
- Jason McGuinness 28'

Scored: 76'
- Ciarán Kilduff 76'



EA Cup Final Preview: Dundalk FC -v- Shamrock Rovers

Sat, Sep 20 2014

Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

The second final of the season sees Dundalk do battle with Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park. Kick-off is scheduled for 5.45 pm and the game is being broadcast live on Setanta Sports.

 

DUNDALK FC

Saturday's encounter is a rematch of the FAI Cup quarter-final replay – and the seventh of the season so far between the sides – which the Lilywhites lost 2-1, so the incentive of getting revenge certainly adds to the drama of it all.

 

Sitting comfortably at the top of the tree in the league, Stephen Kenny's men have had things their way for so long, they are odds on favourites to brush past Rovers at the weekend, and the manager is relishing the challenge of taking home some well-deserved silverware.

 

Speaking head of the final, Kenny spoke about the winning mentality inherent in his squad.

 

“It’s great to have a final in Dundalk. It has been a long time since the town has hosted a final and it’s a good competition to have. There will be a few changes to the team but those who come in will be more than capable. We want to win everything. We’re all looking forward to the game and a great chance to win a trophy. We’ve prepared well. The players have been terrific and hopefully we can get the victory.”

 

 

SHAMROCK ROVERS

Rovers' form in all competitions so far this month reads one win, one loss and one draw – not the worst, especially considering they overcame Dundalk along the way and only lost against Cork City, one of the best teams in the country.

 

A busy schedule of four games in 10 days may not be ideal, particularly with a massively important FAI Cup last-four clash to get through on the 5th of October.

 

But their hectic diary is an indicator of just how battle-hardened they've been on all fronts this year. Intent on defending their League Cup crown, the Hoops are sure to pay little heed to the form nor, indeed, will they be intimidated by Dundalk's impressive achievements this season.

 

Speaking ahead of the big match, Pat Fenlon indicated that his side's confidence could play a deciding role in how it all pans out.

 

We’re very much looking forward to the game; it’s always great to be involved in a cup final and we will relish that opportunity this weekend. We are going to Dundalk with the full intention of picking up silverware, when you are in a cup final that is always what you want. It should be another good occasion for everyone involved and after Monday night’s win we will have confidence going into the game.”

 

MATCH STATS

Fenlon's charges have won four of the last 10 meetings between the sides in all competitions.

 

Dundalk's Pat Hoban will be one to watch at Oriel Park on Saturday. He's already bagged an impressively high 19 goals across all competitions this season.

 

In all, this will be the 333rd meeting between the clubs. And, intriguingly, this is also the second time the pair have come face-to-face in the League Cup final – back in 1987 Dundalk emerged victorious on a score-line of 1-0.

 

BETTING

Dundalk 11/10; Draw 21/10; Shamrock Rovers 12/5

 

PREDICTION

This one could go to extra-time. A closely-contested encounter. It could well be decided on penalties.

 

Dundalk

Injuries: Stephen O' Donnell (knee), Simon Kelly (calf)

Doubtful: None

Suspensions: None

 

Shamrock Rovers

Injuries: None

Doubtful: None

Suspensions: None



Dundalk
Gabriel Sava
Goalkeeper
Brian Gartland
Defender
Sean Gannon
Defender
Dane Massey
4Scored: 4'
46Scored: 46'
Defender
Mark Rossiter
84Subbed On: 84'
Defender
Keith Ward
45'
45Subbed Off: 45'
Defender
Ruaidhri Higgins
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Midfielder
Daryl Horgan
Midfielder
Richie Towell
74Booked: 74'
Midfielder
Patrick Hoban
49Scored: 49'
Forward
David McMillan
Forward

Substitutes
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Kurtis Byrne
Forward
Andy Boyle
84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Defender
Donal McDermott
Midfield
Darren Meenan
Midfield
John Mountney
80'
80Subbed On: 80'
Midfield
Chris Shields
45'
45Subbed On: 45'
Midfield
Shamrock Rovers
Craig Hyland
Goalkeeper
Jason McGuinness
Defender
28Scored: 28'
Simon Madden
Defender
Conor Kenna
Defender
Luke Byrne
Defender
Sean O'Connor
Midfielder
Stephen McPhail
Midfielder
56Booked: 56'
Ronan Finn
Midfielder 73'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Patrick Cregg
Midfielder
Kieran 'Marty' Waters
Midfielder 68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Karl Sheppard
Forward 80'
80Subbed Off: 80'

Substitutes
Shane Robinson
Midfield
Conor O'Malley
Goalkeeper
Gary McCabe
Midfield
73Subbed On: 73'
73'
Ciarán Kilduff
Forward
68Subbed On: 68'
68'
76Scored: 76'
Dean Kelly
Forward
80Subbed On: 80'
80'
Rob Cornwall
Defender
Robert Bayly
Midfield


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