Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby Ezeikial » Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:40 pm

Sean Hoare probably echos the thoughts of most surrounding the importance of the FAI Cup to us this seaaon i this Indo piece:

Dundalk defender Sean Hoare has admitted that ruining Cork's title party on Monday was a satisfactory outcome even though they had travelled south with different ambitions.

But he accepts that the outcome of Dundalk's FAI Cup campaign will likely determine if they have any reason to celebrate their season come November.


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"We won the League Cup obviously but the FAI Cup is the one that everyone wants to win. People were writing us off when Cork created the gap, saying we're not as good as last year, but to complete a cup double would be seen as a memorable season."[/quote
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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby Ezeikial » Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:40 pm

Sean Hoare probably echos the thoughts of most surrounding the importance of the FAI Cup to us this season in this Indo piece:

Dundalk defender Sean Hoare has admitted that ruining Cork's title party on Monday was a satisfactory outcome even though they had travelled south with different ambitions.

But he accepts that the outcome of Dundalk's FAI Cup campaign will likely determine if they have any reason to celebrate their season come November.


"We won the League Cup obviously but the FAI Cup is the one that everyone wants to win. People were writing us off when Cork created the gap, saying we're not as good as last year, but to complete a cup double would be seen as a memorable season."

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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby Dundalk Wolf » Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:51 pm

Ticket office open tomorrow 11am - 4pm for anyone still in need.

https://twitter.com/DundalkFC/status/913789753572708352

Less than 300 tickets left according to fella in the office I spoke to at Oriel earlier this afternoon.

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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby Ezeikial » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:26 pm

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As Stephen confirmed we have injury doubts over John Mountney, Dane Massey and Steven Kinsella. All will be assessed ahead of the game on Sunday and will be given every chance to prove their fitness. Niclas Vemmelund returns to the squad after missing Monday evening’s 1-1 draw with Cork City through suspension.


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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby Ezeikial » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:29 pm

A flash-back to the 2002 FAI Cup semi-final.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psztotXksqE

More of the same please.....
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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby joshhealy11 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:23 am

If anyone by any chance wants to help me out by grabbing me 3 tickets could you follow me on twitter and I'll talk to you about it there? (@joshhealy), cheers if so!

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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby 0rl » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:11 am

'Dundalk is a fantastic club but it's not Shamrock Rovers' - Finn

http://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/ ... 83208.html

Mr Finn claiming he moved for footballing reasons not the 3 year contract. mmmh...

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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby Ezeikial » Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:10 am

Finn is playing to the Rovers gallery here, but some of it is comical as regards his reasons for moving.

He references McPhail, Duff and Keane in training like an autograph hunting star struck teenager, as though celebrity watching is more important then winning trophies and making euro history.
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Re: RE: Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby Sneachta » Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:19 am

Ezeikial wrote:Finn is playing to the Rovers gallery here, but some of it is comical as regards his reasons for moving.

He references McPhail, Duff and Keane in training like an autograph hunting star struck teenager, as though celebrity watching is more important then winning trophies and making euro history.
Very disappointing from Finn.

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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby Ezeikial » Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:21 am

He also talks about potential and the academy infrastructure. This might well bear fruit in the future in terms of transfer income that can spill over into signing better quality players, but unless Finn gets another deal at 32 years age he is unlikely to be picking up many medals.

Lucrative 3 year deal, reduced travel and the job & car offer are probably more important to him than the nonsense spouted about potential, celebrities, or training pitch
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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby mike » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:39 am

All nonsense talk and just an attempt to stir things up. The key sentence in that article was reference to the trophy count. Leagues and Cups that's all that matters, and we are well ahead in recent years, 2011 last league win for them, that will be 7 years next season. Then progression in europe is a bonus for any Irish club but these two trophies are the key. Love the way he skimmed over our EL group campaign making sure he didn't reference the win or the draw.

The only points scoring that matters is who plays Cork on the final, I'm not over confident but I do think we'll win tomorrow.

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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby Louth4sam » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:22 pm

Ezeikial wrote:He also talks about potential and the academy infrastructure. This might well bear fruit in the future in terms of transfer income that can spill over into signing better quality players, but unless Finn gets another deal at 32 years age he is unlikely to be picking up many medals.

Lucrative 3 year deal, reduced travel and the job & car offer are probably more important to him than the nonsense spouted about potential, celebrities, or training pitch


Seriously, who retires from football thinking it was great playing at a club with a fantastic academy.
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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby brodser » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:11 pm

Dundalk is a fantastic club but it's not Shamrock Rovers. He's right. Dundalk win thing's but Rovers live off past glories. 4th most successful Dublin club of the last 30 years. Finn wasn't even born the last time Rovers won the cup. Just shows he chose security over ambition.

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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby Ezeikial » Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:51 pm

Irish Times article

Roberto Lopes looks set to start for Shamrock Rovers in Sunday’s FAI Cup semi-final (kick-off 4.45pm, live on RTÉ2) against Dundalk despite limping out of the league defeat in Richmond Park on Monday. The defender injured his ankle in the second half of the Inchicore game, but manager Stephen Bradley believes he will be available for his side’s latest encounter with the club that beat them in the EA Sports final just a couple of weeks ago.

Despite the 3-0 defeat that day, Bradley, who rates Trevor Clarke as a “real doubt” due to the ankle injury that kept him out this week, is adamant that his side can build on their two earlier league wins and beat Stephen Kenny’s side this weekend.

“The last one was a close game until Aaron Bolger’s sending-off. I think anyone who saw it would agree and I think we’ve shown this year that when we go head to head with top teams, we can more than match them.”

Bolger is available again for this game and Bradley says he would have no reservations about starting the teenager again despite the sense among neutrals that the player’s inexperience might have played a part in the incidents that led to his dismissal. The manager says, however, that no decision has been taken yet on Sunday’s line-up.

Kenny must wait until close to kick-off to assess the fitness of John Mountney, Steven Kinsella and Dane Massey, with the left-back having been risked on Monday in Turner’s Cross only to limp out of the game early on.

Shane Grimes came on for Massey then and could start this weekend, as he did in the League Cup final. Niclas Vemmelund seems certain to return after having served a suspension.

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“The three-nil was a great result for us but it’s not going to have much of a bearing on the result on Sunday other than in the sense we know what we can do if we play well,” says goalkeeper Dundalk Gary Rogers.
Rovers, he says, have the potential to pose a major attacking threat but he believes Dundalk were well-prepared for them defensively last time and that their recent form suggests they can keep them at bay again.

“Gary Shaw has been leading the line really well for them and then you have the likes of Ronan Finn and Brandon Miele. Graham Burke has been injured but Trevor Clarke has been playing well and he’s got a good strike on him, too, so we’ll look at all of their strengths and weaknesses and look at the best way to get a result. We know what to expect and we have to prepare properly to deal with that.

“I thought we did well when we played them a couple of weeks ago but then I’ve been happy with the way we’ve been playing well as a back five for a while now. We’ve kept a good few clean sheets and that’s always a good indication of how you’re doing.”

A year on from his two call-ups to Martin O’Neill’s Ireland squads, Rogers says he has no complaints about being overlooked these days and no great expectation of a return any time soon.

“It was great to get that opportunity but you have to respect the fact that [Rob] Elliot, [Darren] Randolph and [Keiren] Westwood are playing at a very good level and so they are going to be the three keepers.
“My priority is to finish the season on a high, and going to the Aviva for the cup final would be the best way to do that now.”


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Re: Dundalk V Shamrock Rovers | Sun 1 Oct | 4:45pm | Oriel Park | FAI Cup Semi-final

Postby mike » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:12 am

joshhealy11 wrote:Hello lads. I'd be reading on here a lot of the time but never posted. I was wondering would anyone be able to help me out by any chance with tickets? I'm from Belfast so haven't been able to get down for Sunday's tickets this week, I'd usually get them over the phone and collect them on the phone if I can't get down but they're not allowing it this time. There's no way any of yas could help me out and pick me a few up if i meet you somewhere for them on Sunday before the game somewhere? Would have been able to get down Monday but I went to Cork instead. There'll be a pint in it for ya too!
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joshhealy11 wrote:Hello lads. I'd be reading on here a lot of the time but never posted. I was wondering would anyone be able to help me out by any chance with tickets? I'm from Belfast so haven't been able to get down for Sunday's tickets this week, I'd usually get them over the phone and collect them on the phone if I can't get down but they're not allowing it this time. There's no way any of yas could help me out and pick me a few up if i meet you somewhere for them on Sunday before the game somewhere? Would have been able to get down Monday but I went to Cork instead. There'll be a pint in it for ya too!
Cheers.


Limited tickets on sale from 11am - 1pm tomorrow from oriel park as per the official website. This might suit you Josh. Anyway I hope you get sorted.


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