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Keith Fahey believes former club St Pat's can lift the FAI Ford Cup, and also admitted he'd love to return to Inchicore to play for the club

Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Fahey is backing his old club St Patrick’s Athletic to end their 51-year wait for FAI Cup glory.

The Saints reached the decider by beating Dundalk 3-0 away on Sunday and will face either Shelbourne or Derry City in the final on November 4 in the Aviva Stadium.

The Birmingham midfielder, currently on international duty for the World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands, reckons the Inchicore club may never get a better chance to end the hoodoo, which stretches back to 1961. 

“I watched [the semi] on the telly. It was a great, great result for Pat’s. I hope they do it now this year, it’s their best chance,” he said. “I think if they don’t win it this year, they might never win it.”

St Pat’s are also in contention for Airtricity League honours but must realistically beat leaders Sligo Rovers in Saturday’s televised match (live on RTÉ Two and www.rte.ie/sport from 3.30pm), as the Bit O’Red are six points ahead with three games remaining, and also hope other teams can do them a favour.

Fahey, 29, said: “Football’s a funny old game and hopefully it will go right down to the wire.”

Earlier this year, Fahey was pictured mixing with the Inchicore faithful as he joined the fans in the Richmond Park stands to shout for the Saints against Shelbourne.

He explained: “I haven’t changed since I went away. I am still a lad from Tallaght. Everyone’s equal. I went down to watch the game.

“I watched the first half in the director’s box and I was bored off my head so I went and said hello to a few familiar faces that I hadn’t seen in a good while.”

Fahey had two spells with the Saints between 2003 and 2008 before making the switch over to the Blues in England. He revealed that he’d like to pull on the red shirt again before he finishes playing.

 “It would be nice to get back one day and have little spell with Pat’s again,” he said.

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