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The EA Sports Cup finalists have agreed to donate half of the competition's prize money to help the Drogheda United striker in his battle with cancer

Drogheda United, Shamrock Rovers and the Football Association of Ireland have agreed to donate half of the EA Sports Cup's prize fund to Drogs striker Gary O'Neill in order to help ease the player's financial concerns after his diagnosis with testicular cancer.

Drogheda and Rovers will give half of the total prize fund from Saturday's League of Ireland Cup final to O'Neill and his family, while the FAI will also add another €5,000 to help with the 31-year-old's cancer battle.

The PFAI is also working on fund-raising initiatives for O'Neill, who released the following press statement following the decision by the cup finalists and the FAI: "I am both touched and sincerely appreciative of the incredible support that I have received and continue to receive since the news of my illness emerged last week. I thank above all everyone at my club Drogheda United for the wonderful medical assistance, the friendship and kindness shown to me and my family during this time.

"I also wish to thank the PFAI for their support. It was very emotional for me to see all the players in the league wearing t-shirts expressing their good wishes last weekend. My family and I are overwhelmed by the generous gesture of Drogheda United, Shamrock Rovers and John Delaney.

"When I was diagnosed and discovered that my work would be affected, one of my first thoughts was how I would support my family. I can’t put into words how much it means to us to have that major worry removed at a time when I need all my strength to fight this disease. Thank you to all those I have mentioned and to everyone who is supporting me."