Injury crisis for Shels

Shelbourne and St Patrick’s Athletic go head to head at Tolka Park tonight for a place in this year’s FAI Ford Cup final (kick-off 7.35pm).

Shelbourne and St Patrick’s Athletic go head to head at Tolka Park tonight for a place in this year’s FAI Ford Cup final (kick-off 7.35pm).

The Tolka Park side’s league form has struggled of late after being 10 points clear at the top of the First Division, they are now in second place, albeit still in the automatic promotion places.

Manager Alan Mathews must plan without Gareth Matthews who is missing through suspension, while Lorcan Fitzgerald and David McGill are ruled out through injury.

Karl Bermingham and Conan Byrne are also struggling with injuries and will have a fitness test ahead of the game.

St Pat’s have gone 50 years since their last FAI Cup victory and will be hoping to banish that statistic this year.

Saints boss Pete Mahon might have to plan without Dave Mulcahy who is struggling with a hamstring injury. The influential midfielder will undergo a fitness test ahead of the game.

Shane Guthrie, John O’Connor and Sean O’Connor are all cup-tied and will not be available for selection.

Otherwise, Mahon has a full squad to choose from.

Mahon said: “There is a good mood in the camp this week buoyed by Monday’s Leinster Senior Cup success.

"There is a bit of pressure on us to win due to the time since the club’s last Cup success. This is something that everyone is well aware of.

“We have been told how much of a great experience it is to play at the Aviva Stadium, and we want to be one of the teams who line out for November's final.

“We want to cap off a very good season by reaching the final, but we face very tricky opposition in Shelbourne.

“They are currently a First Division club but, they have Premier Division players and are challenging for the title. We will probably see them in the Premier Division next season.”

Shelbourne qualified for the semi-finals after defeating Limerick 4-3 at Tolka Park, while St Pat’s qualified with a 1-0 win against Cork City at Turner’s Cross.

Tonight’s game is live on RTÉ TWO from 7.30pm.

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