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Shelbourne manager Alan Mathews has urged his players to reach the FAI Cup Final once again, and believes his side can climb up the Airtricity Premier Division table

Shelbourne manager Alan Mathews is urging his side to repeat last year's feat of reaching the FAI Cup Final.

The promoted club face Leinster Senior League side Cherry Orchard on Friday evening in the Third Round, but Mathews knows the tie is a potential banana skin after Cherry Orchard knocked out Longford Town and Verona in earlier rounds.

Last year, Shels themselves slipped up against a non-league side, losing 3-0 to Sheriff YC, but Mathews' men were awarded a win after the minnows were judged to have fielded an ineligible player. "We went all the way to the final last year and it was a great experience, but we also know what happened along the way when we lost to Sheriff," Mathews told the Evening Herald.

Mathews is also wary that his side may lose focus when winning games, as they saw a 2-1 lead slip away in stoppage time against Bohemians on Monday evening.

However, despite the result, the Gypsies manager is optimistic that his side can maintain their focus for the rest of the season: "That's firmly in our minds, but if we play for the rest of the season like we played against Bohemians on Monday night we will win a few games and move up the table."

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