FAI Cup QF
Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 8, 2017
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
Ref: Graham Kelly
Att:

Gary Seery 23' -
Scored: 23'


Shane Stritch 71' -
Scored: 71'


Tony Griffiths 74' -
Red: 74'


Scored: 21'
- Brandon Miele 21'

Scored: 39'
- Brandon Miele 39'

Scored: 51'
- Ryan Connolly 51'

Scored: 77'
- Brandon Miele 77'



FAI Cup Preview: Bluebell United -v- Shamrock Rovers

Thu, Sep 07 2017

Bluebell's former Bohemians striker Dave Scully in action against St Patrick's Athletic earlier this year. Credit: Darragh Connolly

BLUEBELL UNITED

The Bell will travel to Tallaght Stadium as the home team to take on Shamrock Rovers in Friday’s FAI Cup quarter-final (kick off 7.45pm).

 

The Leinster Senior League side had hoped to play the game at their home venue in the Red Cow but access issues for such a large crowd have forced them to switch the match to Tallaght.

 

Losing home advantage didn’t faze them in the last round when drawn against First Division side Cabinteely as, after switching their second round tie to Stradbrook, they emerged victorious – winning 1-0 thanks to Shane Stitch’s first half goal.

 

In the first round they defeated Sheriff YC 3-0 at the Red Cow thanks to two goals from Gary Seery and a strike from Dean Ebbe.

 

Speaking to the Dublin Gazette, Bluebell boss Andy Noonan admitted that “it is a bit disappointing we had to concede the home advantage, because we were doing a lot to try and keep it in the Red Cow.

 

“We’re just going to enjoy the game and the occasion. In 90 minutes of football anything can happen.”

 

There is plenty of experience within his squad including a number of connections with Shamrock Rovers, however they will have to do without former Irish international Keith Fahey due to his sending off in Stradbrook.

 

Willo McDonagh played with Rovers prior to the Tallaght era. Robert Bayly had two spells at Rovers including 2010 when he was part of Rovers’ title winning side under manager Michael O’Neill, while Ryan Combes played for Rovers’ B-team in the First Division.

 

Dean Ebbe spent some time as part of Rovers’ 2012 squad and when playing with Collinstown last year scored twice in Tallaght Stadium as the non-league side knocked Rovers out of the Leinster Senior Cup.

 

The Bell have won two Leinster Senior League titles in the last three years and were runners up last year.

 

SHAMROCK ROVERS

For Shamrock Rovers the tag “cup specialists” is one of mirth used by opposition fans to taunt the record FAI Cup winners about the millstone of a three-decade Cup drought.

 

The move to Tallaght in 2009 has seen Rovers have won all the domestic trophies available to them in that time bar the one they have won a record 24 times – the FAI Cup, the trophy which they last lifted when playing out of Glenmalure Park.

 

They have made it to three FAI Cup semi-finals in that time, the last one in 2014. Having conceded home advantage to the Hoops, it is hard to see Bluebell United stopping Rovers making it to their 46th FAI Cup semi-final.

 

The current Hoops head coach Stephen Bradley was just two years old when the Hoops last won the FAI Cup in 1987.

 

His side are on a great run of form at the moment and, while Bradley was respectful of their non-league opposition, he is very much focused on winning a trophy this season – something which may come sooner rather than later with Rovers due to play in the EA Sports Cup final next weekend.

 

“We want to overcome that hurdle of winning something as early as possible and cup competitions give us a massive opportunity to do that this year,” said Bradley, speaking to shamrockrovers.ie.

 

“The players know that and will be focused. We've gone six games on a winning streak and we've been playing well. We were always going to get stronger as the season went on.

 

"I've watched Bluebell a lot. I know Andy [Noonan] and a lot of their players and I know they're doing some really good stuff down there as a club. They're the top team in their division I believe from watching it the last few years.

 

“They've got some really good players and I know it's going to be a tough game. If we were to think anything otherwise we'd be very foolish because they're a good side.

 

“Andy has them set up well and they play some good football. We've got to respect what they're going to bring, their energy and passion.

 

“I believe they could compete with a lot of teams in the First Division and our division as well. We just have to show up with the right attitude on Friday and set up right. It's two games away from the final.”

 

Rovers had a great win last week beating ‘champions-elect’ Cork City 3-1 in the league.

 

"It was probably our most complete performance of the season,” said Bradley, “because we had to defend well at times. We attacked well at times and we were ruthless in the final third which was pleasing to see.”

 

Bradley will have to do without Graham Burke, who picked up an injury in training ahead of the win over Cork, while it has been confirmed that Sean Boyd is out for the rest of the season having had to have treatment on a stomach injury.

 

 

Referee: Graham Kelly

 

 

MATCH STATS

Bluebell United are seeking to become the first non-league side to reach an FAI Cup semi-final since St. Francis managed that feat 27 years ago.

 

Rovers have only been knocked out of the FAI Cup by a non-league side just once. That was by St. Patrick’s Athletic when the Inchicore club were playing in the Leinster Senior League in 1949. The Hoops have won 15 ties in a row against non-league teams.

 

The last time the clubs met in competitive action was in 1988 when Rovers eliminated the Bell from the Leinster Senior Cup after a penalty shoot-out at the Red Cow.

 

 

BETTING

Bluebell 16/1; Draw 7/1; Shamrock Rovers 1/7.

 

PREDICTION

Bluebell United 0 – 2 Shamrock Rovers

 

 

Bluebell United

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Keith Fahey.

 

Shamrock Rovers

Injured: Graham Burke, Sean Boyd, Paul Corry.

Doubtful: Luke Byrne, Gary Shaw.

Suspended: Ronan Finn. 



Bluebell United
Andrew McNulty
Goalkeeper
Karl Russell
Defender
Jeff Flood
Defender
Glen Walsh
Defender
Gary Seery
23Scored: 23'
Midfielder
Aaron Robinson
27Booked: 27'
60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Midfielder
Keith Quinn
Midfielder
Shane Stritch
71Scored: 71'
Forward
David Scully
37Booked: 37'
63'
63Subbed Off: 63'
Forward
Tony Griffiths
74Sent off: 74'
Forward
Dean Ebbe
Forward

Substitutes
Richie O'Hanlon
63'
63Subbed On: 63'
Forward
William McDonagh
Midfield
Rhys Kelly
Goalkeeper
Tony Keeler
Defender
Sean Gleeson
Midfield
Robert Bayly
60'
60Subbed On: 60'
84Booked: 84'
Midfield
Shamrock Rovers
Tomer Chencinski
Goalkeeper
Lee Grace
Defender
Roberto Lopes
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
Ryan Connolly
Midfielder
51Scored: 51'
81'
81Subbed Off: 81'
Trevor Clarke
Midfielder
Aaron Bolger
Midfielder
Cameron King
Midfielder 69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
David McAllister
Midfielder
Brandon Miele
Midfielder
21Scored: 21'
39Scored: 39'
77Scored: 77'
Michael O'Connor
Forward 81'
81Subbed Off: 81'

Substitutes
Kevin Horgan
Goalkeeper
James Doona
Midfield
69Subbed On: 69'
69'
Dean Dillon
Midfield
81Subbed On: 81'
81'
Darren Clarke
Midfield
81Subbed On: 81'
81'
Dean Carpenter
Defender
Sam Bone
Defender
David Webster
Defender


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