FAI Cup QF
Date: 4 p.m. Sept. 10, 2016
Venue: Richmond Park
Att: 605
TV:

Christy Fagan 15' -
Scored: 15'


Jamie McGrath 21' -
Scored: 21'


Billy Dennehy 37' -
Scored: 37'


Peno Scored: 49'
- Connor Ellis 49'

Scored: 61'
- Robert Lehane 61'



FAI Cup Preview: St Patrick's Athletic -v- Cobh Ramblers

Sat, Sep 10 2016

Credit: Tom Beary

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

St Patrick’s Athletic welcome Cobh Ramblers to Richmond Park on Saturday afternoon in the quarter-final of the FAI Cup.

 

The Saints have been very impressive in this competition so far. First, they pummelled Pike Rovers 8-0 before handing First Division champions Limerick their first defeat in all competition this season (not including the Munster Senior Cup) when they defeated them two nil.

 

In contrast, the Saints league form as of late has been poor and they have failed to win in their three games since the Limerick cup win with defeats to Bohemians and Bray Wanderers being separated by a stalemate with Shamrock Rovers.

 

However, Liam Buckley will be hoping for a sturdy performance against Ramblers which will be enough to see them through to the semi-final stage.

 

“Cobh will be coming up to Richmond on Saturday looking for a result, and with Stephen Henderson in charge of them, we know they will be well prepared,” Liam Buckley told stpatsfc.com when looking ahead to the game.

 

“The FAI Cup is all about performing on the day, so form goes out the window. It’s a big game for us and we’ll be doing everything to progress to the next round of the competition.” 

 

For Saints’ defender Michael Barker, the game presents itself an opportunity to reach the Semi-Finals of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup for a second year in a row, the 23 year old having been a part of a Bray Wanderers squad who were narrowly beaten by Cork City last year. 

 

“Last year was a disappointing one personally as all of us on that Bray team thought we could get to the final. We were underdogs heading into the game but on the day, it was anyone’s game and we could have got the win if we’d got a bit of luck. It’s experiences like that though that drive you on the next year in the Cup.” Barker told stpatsfc.com

 

“Cobh are being talked about as underdogs this Saturday, but we know they are a good side and will fancy themselves to pull off an FAI Cup giant-killing win. From our point of view though, we’re approaching the game like we would any other. We’ll be going to play our game and hopefully that will lead to a win. If we play to the levels we know we’re capable of, we feel we can beat anyone on our day and if we do that, fingers crossed that gets us into the next round.” 

 

In team news, Pat’s remain without the services of David Cawley (Collarbone), while Darren Dennehy (ankle), Shane McEleney (illness) and Conor O’Malley (thigh strain) are all doubts. The Saints however are boosted by Sean Hoare’s return from Republic of Ireland U21 duty as well as Jack Bayly’s return to training. 

 

 

COBH RAMBLERS

Cobh Ramblers will be eagerly anticipating this clash as it is certainly their biggest game of the season and is a fantastic opportunity to reach the final four stage for the first time since 1983 where they reached the semi-finals as an amateur club.

 

In this year’s competition they began with a 2-1 victory over Leinster Senior League side Cherry Orchard before defeating fellow Cork side Ringmahon Rangers 4-1 in the last-16.

 

The First Division side have had a decent 2016 season and currently sit one place outside the play-off positions, six points behind UCD. While a play-off place may prove a little too much to achieve especially going into the latter stages of the season, Cobh can still be happy with their performances and now have a fantastic chance to make the year more than memorable if they do manage to dispatch the Saints.

 

Referee: Sean Grant

 

 

MATCH STATS

Cobh Ramblers will be St Pats third consecutive game against Munster opposition in the competition this year after Limerick and Limerick club Pike Rovers.

 

The Saints have three FAI Cups to their name having won in 1958/59, 1960/61 and 2014 while Cobh have never gone beyond the semi-final stage.

 

Cobh reached the 1983 semi-finals while they were still a Munster Senior League side. They were eventually knocked out 3-2 by Sligo Rovers after three replays.

 

 

BETTING

St Patrick’s Athletic 3/10; Draw7/2; Cobh Ramblers 9/1.

 

PREDICTION

St Pat’s 3-0 Cobh Ramblers

 

 

St Patrick’s Athletic

Injured: David Cawley

Doubtful: Darren Dennehy, Shane McEleney, Conor O’Malley

Suspended: None.

 

Cobh Ramblers

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Ger O'Brien
67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Defender
Sean Hoare
47Booked: 47'
Defender
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Michael Barker
Defender
Jamie McGrath
21Scored: 21'
40'
40Subbed Off: 40'
Midfielder
Graham Kelly
Midfielder
Lee Desmond
Midfielder
Billy Dennehy
37Scored: 37'
Midfielder
Conan Byrne
Midfielder
Christy Fagan
15Scored: 15'
Forward

Substitutes
Sam Verdon
Forward
Mark Timlin
Midfield
JJ Lunney
40'
40Subbed On: 40'
Midfield
Steven Kinsella
Forward
Pat Jennings
Goalkeeper
Rory Feely
67'
67Subbed On: 67'
Midfield
Dinny Corcoran
Forward
Cobh Ramblers
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Ben O'Riordan
Defender
Shane O'Connor
Defender
Ian Mylod
Defender
Kevin Mulcahy
Defender
Eoin McGreevy
Defender 78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Chris McCarthy
Defender
Charlie Fleming
Defender
45Booked: 45'
Stephen Christopher
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Robert Lehane
Forward
61Scored: 61'
Jonathan Creamer
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'

Substitutes
Kyle McNamara
Defender
78Subbed On: 78'
78'
Scott McCarthy
Midfield
Cian Kingston
Defender
Connor Ellis
Forward
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
49Peno: 49'
Anthony Comerford
Unknown
Garry Comerford
Defender
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
90Booked: 90'
Jason Abbott
Midfield


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