FAI Cup semi-final preview

Two Dublin clubs, Saint Patrick’s Athletic and Bohemians, remain in this year’s FAI Cup as they prepare for their semi-final clashes after coming through their respective quarter-finals.

Bohemians travel to Galway United on Saturday, October 7 for a 2:40pm kick-off, with the newly crowned first division champions looking to cause another upset in the competition after beating Dundalk 4-0 in the quarter-final stage. Galway United will play in their first semi-final since 2008, with the game completely selling-out.

Bohemians are looking to go all the way this season after beating Drogheda 3-1 in their respective in Weavers Park, with Declan Devine’s side looking to bring home some silverware to Dalymount for the first time since 2008.

Bohemians striker Jonathan Afolabi will be looking to add to his goals tally this season having scored a brace against Sligo in the league last week.

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In the other semi-final, St Patrick’s Athletic will travel to Cork City on Sunday, October 8, with kick-off at 2:40pm. The Saints will be looking at booking their place back in another cup final, after having won the competition back in 2021.

Cork City will be looking to bring some of the glory days back to the Rebel County after not having won the competition since 2017.

St. Patrick’s Athletic had to come from behind to beat Finn Harps in Donegal, while Cork City had to rely on a last-minute winner from Ruairi Keating against Wexford to advance to the semi-final stages.

St. Pats have sold out their ticket allocation, with 1,000 fans set to travel to Turners Cross. Prior to the semi-final clash, the two clubs met during the league in Turners Cross last week where St. Pats ran away with the three points, thanks to a goal by Mark Doyle in the second half.

A significant loss for the Saints is their right-back Sam Curtis, who will be suspended from this fixture having picked up a red card against Drogheda.
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Both games are being broadcast live on RTÉ One, with the FAI Cup Final set to take place on November 12 in the Aviva Stadium, with the potential for a repeat of the final in 2021, when St. Patrick’s Athletic beat Bohemians on penalties.

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