FAI Cup R3
Date: 8 p.m. June 4, 2010
Venue: Tallaght Stadium
Att: Unknown
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Dessie Baker 3' -
Scored: 3'


Gary Twigg 30' -
Scored: 30'


James Chambers 50' -
Scored: 50'


Chris Turner 70' -
Scored: 70'


James Chambers 72' -
Scored: 72'


Scored: 13'
- Garry Sheahan 13'


Shamrock Rovers -v- Wexford Youths

Thu, Jun 03 2010
The FAI Cup comes to Tallaght on Friday night as Shamrock Rovers play host to a Wexford Youths side that are ‘on the up’ after a traumatic start to their season. (Kick off 8pm)

On paper this may appear as a no brainer. Rovers, competing at the sharp end of the Premier Division, have a squad that is packed with quality and should, in theory, be well able to cope with a First Division side whose season was threatening to fall apart just a few short weeks ago.

Back in April Wexford lost to Limerick at Jackman Park only hours after hearing that three of their seven league points had been deducted for fielding an ineligible player against Salthill Devon. With eight games played and only four points on the board Wexford were second bottom of the First Division and looking down, not up.

But since then Wexford, with a squad hewn from the local youth leagues, have won five of their six league games and shown the kind of resilience that tends to accompany teams of genuine worth. Two major obstacles to Wexford’s giant killing aspirations will be the absence through suspension of key midfielder Paul Malone and regular left back Anthony Russell.

Rovers meanwhile will welcome back Craig Sives who missed out on their EA Sports Cup win in Derry on Tuesday night. But Paddy Kavanagh is a doubt after picking up an ankle injury in that game.

Rover’s boss Michael O’Neill is also pleased to have Dessie Baker back to full fitness “It was always good to see Dessie back on the scoresheet. It’s great to have him back in the side. Dessie and Twigg playing together will always give you a strong threat in front of goal.”

Having narrowly beaten Wexford 2-1 in the first round of the Leinster Senior Cup back in February, O’Neill is aware of what his opponents have to offer. “We will need to be patient in this game. Wexford are a very well organised side, and we are not expecting it to be easy. We should have a lot of possession, but we will need to be more cutting going forward, than maybe we have been. We will also need the fans to be patient.

“But having Twigg and Baker back gives us an edge. The aim is to get through to the next round; but we will be looking to improve on Tuesday’s performance also.”

Shamrock Rovers
Injured: Pat Sullivan.
Doubtful: Paddy Kavanagh.
Suspended: None.

Wexford Youths
Injured: Not Available.
Doubtful: Not Available.
Suspended: Paul Malone, Anthony Russell.

Referee: T Connolly

Extratime prediction: A 2-0 win for Rovers


Shamrock Rovers
Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
Pat Flynn
Defender
Danny Murphy
Defender
Dan Murray
Defender
Craig Sives 4
Defender
Robert Bayly
Midfielder
James Chambers
50Scored: 50'
72Scored: 72'
Midfielder
Sean O'Connor
Midfielder
Stephen Rice 6
Midfielder
Dessie Baker
3Scored: 3'
Forward
Gary Twigg 9
30Scored: 30'
Forward

Substitutes
Stephen Bradley
Manager
Billy Dennehy 20
Midfield
Robert Duggan
Goalkeeper
Aidan Price
Defender
Enda Stevens
Defender
Thomas Stewart
Forward
Chris Turner 18
70Scored: 70'
Midfield
Wexford
Packie Holden
Goalkeeper
David Breen
Defender
45Booked: 45'
Dean Broaders
Defender
Chris Kenny
Defender
Anthony Wolfe
Defender
Shane Dempsey
Midfielder
Jimmy Keohane
Midfielder
Kevin Rowe
Midfielder
Shane Sinnott
Midfielder
Danny Furlong
Forward
Garry Sheahan
Forward
13Scored: 13'

Substitutes
Lee Aust
Midfield
John Byrne
Midfield
Pa Doyle
Goalkeeper
Martin Kehoe
Defender
Aidan McCann
Defender
Gareth McCurtin
Defender
Michael Mullen
Forward