Shelburne vs Bohemians, Tulka Park, 2 p.m.
Depending on how close they are to each other in the SSE Airtricity League table, there won’t be much to choose between Dublin’s northern arch rivals when they meet Extra.ie and a place in the FA Cup semi-finals is at stake today.
The Bohemians have the advantage on that front, three points behind Shelburne led by Damien Duff, but they played a game more.
They’ve also had the best showdowns, with Bohs taking two wins – including dominant win 4-1 Albeit all the way in April – plus a pair of draws.
Discipline or lack thereof has resulted in most matches between the two teams in the league being marked with red cards in three of the four encounters. So expect this fight to be fought fiercely between two sides looking to make a breakthrough amid constant contradiction.
It will be Bohs’ third coaching career as interim manager Derek Bender since replacing long-time coach Keith Long, and the report card so far points to a derby victory over Shamrock Rovers and a defeat at in-form Derry City.
For his long-term prospects in terms of potentially taking over the managerial vacancy permanently – the Bohs have a chance to qualify for Europe and also to give fans something to cry about after the pain of last year’s Cup final – Pender and his team will be highly targeting a visit to Tulka Park.
So do Duff and Sheels. The safety of the low table mid-table is a solid comeback for Season 1 once again in the First Division. But the struggle against the goal and the contradiction mentioned above will be a source of some frustration.
Their latest form leaves them as the only club in the First Division to have not achieved a win in their last five league games since back-to-back wins over UCD and Finn Harps.
Targeted drought contributed to that statistic. Since Shane Farrell converted a penalty against Bohs this time last month, Chelsea have failed to find the net in his next three league games, taking just one point, and only a top-flight side have scored less than the club’s total of 25 goals this season.
However, a Trophy round can always help to add a rosy touch to the campaign, and getting a little closer to their first final since their 2011 defeat to Sligo Rovers would be a boost for a young team.
“We got close to full strength, for the first time in a long time,” Duff said. “Everyone except Conor Kane and Dan Hawkins.
“Temporary [Bohs] The manager has come, and not much has changed in the gameplay and setup. They’ll take out all the burning guns that we know of. They took a win over the Rovers, which was a huge win for them.
“It’s a big day for the club, I don’t remember the last real big game like this in Tulca, one with the right juices flowing. Big prize at stake, a whole house, sold out, it’s been a long time since we’ve had a game like this.”
“We’ve had a good week of training and the trophy will always have an emotional edge, but we treat it like a regular game. We know the consequences of winning, what might happen, and where you can go. It’s a huge opportunity for us.”
“It’s a cracking game”
– RTÉ Soccer (RTEsoccer) September 13, 2022
Derry City – Shamrock Rovers, Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium, 5 p.m. (Live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player)
Opportunity knocks on Candystraps as they welcome the SSE Airtricity League leaders to Brandywell.
The wind is back in the sails at Derry City, who have won five wins without conceding a sheet, including an FA Cup Round of 16 match against Cork City.
This leaves the door to tilt the title a bit more than it otherwise would, which makes visiting the side they’re chasing all the more interesting – especially considering that Shamrock Rovers make a trip to Foyleside after midweek watching them make the trip to and from Belgium for 3-0 defeat Commissioned in the European League of Conferences.
“We lost a game, we made mistakes, and we have to learn from them and move on,” Shamrock Rovers coach Stephen Bradley said.
“It’s two good teams and all the games are between us [and Derry] This year has been tight, so I don’t see any difference tonight. It’s a tough game but we’ll be ready, we’re going there to try to win the game and make sure we’re in the next round.”
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Aidomo Emakhu is suspended for the Hoops but Sean Hoare and Richie Towell may return from injury.
“We need to look at them in training and make a call for the day, but they’ve both been doing really well,” Bradley said. “Pico [Lopes] Not too far now.”
Speaking on Friday, former UCD and Hoops midfielder Paul Currie I felt it would be a ‘big request’. To expect the Bradley team to emerge victorious “given the cascading nature of what the Rovers are doing now” on three fronts.
This also takes into account Derry’s revival after he suffered a mid-season storm, aided by Michael Duffy’s return from injury. Even if the league proves to be elusive in the end, winning titles in the cup would set an encouraging sign for a team that is investing in a strong squad for the future.
Ruaidhri Higgins will also be encouraged by his team’s performance in their encounters with Rovers this season.
A 2-1 win over the defending champions at the start of the season was a huge boost during a brilliant start to the season, while they would consider themselves unlucky in the 1-0 loss at Telaght Stadium in May, before the equalizer they witnessed. Hoops guard Alan Manos saves his side while Derry pressed last month.
– RTÉ Soccer (RTEsoccer) September 14, 2022
This week, City boss Rwadri Higgins was unimpressed by any suggestions that the latest Hoops schedule could give his side an edge in the competition.
He suggested, “If any club is able to deal with these demands, it is it.” “They played last Thursday night as well and were four against Finn Harps at half time on Sunday, so no, I don’t see that as a factor at all.
“I know how important this competition is for players and fans alike and we will do our best to be in the semi-finals.”
With half of the last squad already made up of first-class clubs – Waterford And the treaty united They racked up impressive wins in the quarter-finals on Friday night – all four teams working on Sunday will consider their chances should they advance to the semi-finals.
Watch live coverage of the FA Cup Quarter Final from Extra.ie between Derry City and Shamrock Rovers on September 18 (kick-off, 5pm) on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.