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The Candystripes will entertain Shels at the Brandywell this afternoon and Liam Buckley's Saints will look to triumph over the Lilywhites at Oriel Park

PREVIEW
By James Darby

Derry City v Shelbourne (Kick off 13.45 BST)

It has been a modest season for both Derry City and Shelbourne but a place in the final of the FAI Cup will go a long way towards ending the year on a high. Derry City manager Declan Devine has called on local support to make the Brandywell as difficult a venue as possible for Shelbourne who will be aiming to get to the final for the second year in succession. The most worrying aspect for the Candystripes is their home form this season, which has been very poor. They have lost nine out of their last 14 games at home, so Shelbourne will be confident of a repeat of their victory here in June. Conor Murphy is cup tied for Derry City and Shels have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Verdict: Shelbourne to edge it


Dundalk v St Patrick's Athletic (Kick off 15.55 BST)

It is 51 years since St Patrick's Athletic won the FAI Cup and they will never get a better chance to end that mysterious run. They are by some distance the best team left in the cup and will be supremely confident of victory over Dundalk. For their part, the Louth side have endured a horrible season, both on and off the pitch, and reaching the FAI Cup final will be a great achievement in itself. After shipping 11 goals in 2 games without reply, it will require a Herculean effort from the Lilywhites to reach the final. Darius Kierans will have to do without the suspended Mark Griffin. Pat Flynn, James Chambers and Greg Bolger are all back in contention for St Pat's after suspension. Cup football can produce some strange results but it will be a big surprise if Liam Buckley's side do not make it to Aviva stadium to contest the final.

Verdict: St Patrick's Athletic to prevail

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