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Shelbourne & Derry City replay at Tolka Park for FAI Cup final berth

Updated: Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 12:28 | Comments

David Cassidy celebrates Shelbourne's opener at the Brandywell on Sunday
David Cassidy celebrates Shelbourne's opener at the Brandywell on Sunday

Shelbourne entertain Derry City in tonight’s FAI Ford Cup semi-final replay at Tolka Park, kick-off 8.00pm.

The winners of tonight’s encounter will face St Patrick’s Athletic in this year’s final and the match will definitely be decided should extra time and penalties be required.

Shelbourne and Derry played out a 1-1 draw on Sunday at the Brandywell with David McDaid’s second-half equaliser cancelling out an early opener from Shels skipper David Cassidy.

The sides have now met four times this season with Shels winning the opening two games 1-0 while Derry won the third meeting, at Tolka Park in August, 2-0 before last Sunday’s draw.

Shelbourne manager Alan Mathews said: “It was a difficult game for us on Sunday, to go up and play a game at lunch hour, something we’re not used to, but the guys adapted really well.

“Some of the guys hadn’t really had 90 minutes under their belt for the last couple of weeks for various reasons. We prepared well for Sunday and will again for the replay. We’re ready to go and we’re ready to get a result.”

Mathews has a full squad to select from as a few players recovered from minor knocks on Sunday and the Reds having no suspensions for the game.

Derry’s major injury worry is experienced midfielder Barry Molloy who was suffering from cramp towards the end of Sunday’s game but he will be given right up until kick-off to prove his fitness.

City boss Declan Devine insists that his side will be heading south with plenty of confidence.

Devine said: “We’re travelling to have a go as we believe it’s a match we are capable of winning. However, we must be strong defensively at Tolka Park which I consider to be a proper stadium with a good atmosphere.

“During the second half on Sunday, when we managed to play a bit, we bossed the game and we’ll be looking to do just that and try and get an early foothold on the proceedings. I’d like to think we will give a good account of ourselves and try to control the match if we can.”

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