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Pat Morley: Clash of the Rovers will go the distance

Updated: Friday, 04 Oct 2013 10:53 | Comments

Shamrock Rovers travel to Sligo for an FAI Ford Cup semi-final
Shamrock Rovers travel to Sligo for an FAI Ford Cup semi-final

Pat Morley feels the FAI Ford Cup semi-final between Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers in The Showgrounds this Sunday will end in stalemate.

The former Cork City player told RTÉ Sport this morning that the game is too close to call as the Bit o’ Red attempt to rescue a disappointing season so far while the Hoops chase a Cup treble after failing to make any inroads in the Airtricity Premier Division.

Morley told RTÉ Sport: “The amazing thing this year is the four sides that are left, between all of them, have won 38 FAI Cup and have lost finals 22 times.

“There is the basis of 60 times where the teams have contested cup finals. There is huge pedigree there.

“Both times this year Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers have played out draws. The biggest thing from a Sligo standpoint is they haven't performed this season to what they have normally have.

“They have been lacking something up front as Rovers have. I think this one will be a draw and it will go back to Tallaght.”

The other semi-final sees Louth rivals Drogheda United and Dundalk meet in Hunky Dorys Park.

The Lilywhites are favourites after a remarkable year that has already guaranteed European football in Oriel Park in 2014 and they hold an outside chance for the league crown.

But the MNS analyst is backing Mick Cooke’s men to prevail on Sunday.

He said: “Dundalk are the form team and they were very unfortunate against Pat's in the league a couple of weeks ago. It sort of knocked them a bit but they bounced back last week.

“But the Cups do take a form of their own. Drogheda haven't beaten Dundalk all season but have performed well in the Cups.

“For the last couple of season they have been the Cup side along with Sligo.

“Going to Hunky Dorys Park, I'm sure Stephen Kenny will be looking to get the win. There will be a big crowd coming from Dundalk. But I have a feeling Drogheda might sneak that one.”

Live television coverage of both FAI Ford Cup semi-finals from 13:30 on Sunday 6 October on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide excluding GB & NI).

Highlights and analysis of all the weekend’s action on MNS from 7pm on Monday 7 October on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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