EXTRA.IE FAI CUP FINAL

Sunday, 28 November

Bohemians v St Patrick's Athletic, Aviva Stadium, 4pm

TV

Live coverage on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player from 3.15pm.

RADIO

Live commentary on RTÉ Radio One's Sunday Sport.

ONLINE

Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now app from 3pm.

WEATHER

Cloudy and damp on Sunday morning with mostly light south to southwest breezes. Outbreaks of rain will become isolated for the afternoon and bright or sunny spells will develop locally. Remaining cold in east with highs of just 3 to 5 Celsius but milder in the west of the province with highs of 5 to 7 Celsius. Moderate to fresh northwest winds will extend from the west during the day.


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MORE THAN SILVERWARE ON THE LINE FOR BOHS

It's been a long 13 years since Bohemians played in a FAI Cup final, when they won it on penalties in 2008 against a Derry City side managed by Stephen Kenny.

Much has changed since then with Bohs increasingly making strides on and off the pitch in the intervening years and they will relish the chance to cap their development with a trophy.

But it's not the only motive for Keith Long and his side as victory would provide the last chance to qualify for Europe next season.

Given how they performed in the UEFA Europa Conference League during the summer qualifiers where they played home games at the Aviva, the Phibsborough-based side will be keen to have another run at it along with the financial rewards that come with continental involvement.

CAPPING A STRONG SEASON FOR O'DONNELL

Last time St Pat's played in the showpiece, it was way back in 2014. It was a memorable one for the club given that it was their first FAI Cup triumph since 1961.

Current head coach Stephen O'Donnell is not only used to playing in the final but earning a winner's medal and in fact as a player he has won the cup as many times as Pat's have with three apiece.

Two of those victories for the 35-year-old were with Dundalk in 2015 and 2018 - albeit it he missed the latter final through injury - so he will hope his experience rubs off on some of the younger players, while the likes of Chris Forrester and Ian Bermingham were on the field for the 2014 win.

ROAD TO THE FINAL

St Pat's journey to the Aviva began against Bray Wanderers in July when they ran out 6-0 winners to book a second round date with Cork City.

That was a much more fraught occasion for Pat's who eventually edged through on penalties. Wexford were then dispatched by three goals to nil in the quarter-finals and then the Inchicore side, inspired by Darragh Burns, came out on top of a tussle with Dundalk in the semis on 22 October.

Bohemians, meanwhile, saw off College Corinthians 5-0 in the opening round, before edging Shamrock Rovers 2-1 in a second-round Dublin derby. A second non-league side awaited in the last-eight but Bohs put four without reply past Maynooth University Town.

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The semi-final against Waterford was much tighter with Georgie Kelly eventually scoring a late, late winner to put Keith Long's side through.

TEAM NEWS AND MATCH DETAILS

John Mountney is the only St Pat's absentee with a knee injury, while Bohs boss Long will not be on the sideline due to suspension.

Rob Hennessy will be referee, and will be assisted by Dermot Broughton and Michelle O'Neill as well as fourth official Damien MacGraith.

The final is also set to be played in front of a record crowd for an Aviva Stadium FAI Cup decider, and is set to surpass the 36,101 mark from 2010.