St Pat's progress to FAI Ford Cup final with win over Dundalk

St Patrick's Athletic have reached their first FAI Cup final in six years after defeating Dundalk 3-0, but Derry City and Shelbourne will have to play again after drawing 1-1
St. Patrick's Athletic will play either Derry City or Shelbourne in the FAI Ford Cup final. Pat's beat Dundalk 3-0 at Oriel Park while Derry and Shels played out a 1-1 draw at the Brandywell.

Premier Division strugglers Dundalk had a nervy start with Mark O'Brien nearly scoring an own goal early on, and fell behind after just 20 minutes when Kenny Browne tapped in after a Chris Forrester knock-on from Ger O'Brien's cross.

Barry Conlon could have equalised five minutes later, but was wasteful with his header, failing to test Barry Murphy's goal. Pat's finished the half well, with Forrester going close, and started the second half in the same manner. They deservedly doubled their lead from Greg Bolger's head in the 52nd minute, while Sean O'Connor secured the tie five minutes from time to book a place at the Aviva Stadium.

The Saints will have to wait until Wednesday to find out their opponents, as Derry came back from a goal down to draw with Shelbourne. David Cassidy opened the scoring after just five minutes with a well-taken strike, which opened up the game. Kevin Deery and Patrick McEleney both had efforts go close for the hosts, but Derry went in behind at the break.

Derry pushed men forward searching for an equaliser in the second half, and it soon arrived when David McDaid headed in off the frame of the goal in the 58th minute. The Candystripes continued to push on, but could not find a winner, and will have to travel to Tolka Park on Wednesday for the semi-final replay.