Watch: One year ago today, Shamrock Rovers ended a 32-year wait for the FAI Cup

Tue, Nov 03 2020

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This day a year ago, Shamrock Rovers ended a 32-year hoodoo to lift the FAI Cup for a record 25th time at the Aviva Stadium.

The Hoops denied Dundalk a league and cup double following a dramatic tie that went all the way to penalties before the Lilywhites finally wilted.

Gary O’Neill netted the decisive penalty to ensure a 4-2 shootout win for Stephen Bradley’s side after the sides were deadlocked at one goal apiece following extra time.

Rovers looked to have won it in normal time when Aaron McEneff netted a last-minute penalty but Michael Duffy’s superb volley in the third minute of injury time meant the game went all the way.

Rovers, who sealed their first title in nine years last month, hadn’t won the cup since 1987, when they defeated Dundalk at Dalymount Park.