FAI Cup QF
Date: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20, 2020
Venue: Finn Park
2 - 3
FT

Barry McNamee 15' -
Scored: 15'


Stephen Folan 21' -
Scored: 21'


Peno Miss: 51'
- Aaron McEneff 51'

Peno Scored: 52'
- Aaron McEneff 52'

Peno Scored: 55'
- Aaron McEneff 55'

Scored: 71'
- Graham Burke 71'


FAI Cup Preview: Finn Harps -v- Shamrock Rovers

Fri, Nov 20 2020

None Credit: Clare McCahill

FINN HARPS

One team’s season will finish on Friday night at Finn Park when Finn Harps take on champions Shamrock Rovers in Ballybofey in the FAI Cup quarter final (kick off 5.30pm). 

The winner of Friday’s tie will be at home in the semi-final to either Sligo Rovers or Derry City on Sunday 29 November while the loser heads off into the off-season.

It is a tough task for Harps as the Hoops have lost just the one competitive game this season – a 2-0 home defeat to European Heavyweights AC Milan.

However, Ollie Horgan’s men come into the game having secured their Premier Division status in dramatic fashion on the final night of the league campaign. They have also lost just one game in their last eight – although that was a 2-0 defeat to the Hoops in Finn Park at the start of November.

“Listen, they’re champions for a reason and it’s going to be a huge ask for us to get anything from the game,” said Horgan speaking to FinnHarps.ie. “But the lads have done well to close the season so we’ll give it our best and see how we go.” 

Adam Foley said; "We've nothing to lose and confidence is high in the squad. We'll prepare accordingly and hopefully things go our way."

Horgan can at least call on Leo Donnellan who returns from suspension having missed last week’s win over Waterford. However, this time around Shane McEleney is suspended and Mark Timlin remains out injured.

SHAMROCK ROVERS  

Having gone through their championship winning league campaign without defeat, the Hoops are focused now on retaining their cup and going through a 22 game domestic season unbeaten. Rovers haven’t a suffered defeat on the road since September 2019.

Retaining the cup said Stephen Bradley is “something that’s achievable but to do that we’ve got to make sure that we’re 100% focused on Friday first. 

“If we can go and get the result then it’s something we can talk about. Our main focus in Finn Harps on Friday because we definitely can’t look past that.”

Harps were battling for points to save off relegation when the teams met two weeks ago but having secured their safety, might be Harps be more dangerous without the relegation pressure?

“I don’t think that matters. They’ll play the same way and approach it the same way each and every game so I don’t think that will have any effect. They’ll go all out to win the game like they did a few weeks ago and so will we.

“It will be a really difficult game, like we got up there in the league. Ollie has done a fantastic job. We know it’s going to be a really difficult game but it’s one that we’re ready for”.

Referee: Rob Hennessy

MATCH STATS

Harps have only avoided defeat against the Hoops once in their last 12 games. This season Rovers won 3-1 in Tallaght and 2-0 in Ballybofey. The Hoops won all five matches between the teams last year - Rovers scored nine goals and conceded none. The previous year Rovers won all three games against Harps, with 3-2 and 4-1 victories in Tallaght and 1-0 in Ballybofey, while in 2017 Rovers won 1-0 and 2-0 in Finn Park but drew with Harps 1-1 in Tallaght.

Harps won three of their seven home league games this season whereas the Hoops won eight and drew just the one on the road in the league.

Harps are looking to get to their first FAI Cup final since 1999 and to win their the FAI Cup for only the second time. Harps’ solitary FAI Cup success came back in 1974.

BETTING

Finn Harps 17/2; Draw 7/2; Shamrock Rovers ¼.

PREDICTION
2-0 away win.

Finn Harps

Injured: Mark Timlin

Doubtful:  Karl O'Sullivan, Kosovar Sadiki

Suspended: Shane McEleney

Shamrock Rovers 

Injured: Greg Bolger, Rory Gaffney

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Stephen Bradley


Finn Harps
Mark McGinley 1
Goalkeeper
Booked: 54'
Stephen Folan
Scored: 21'
Defender
Sam Todd 22
Defender
David Webster 5
Defender
Mark Coyle 14
63'
63Subbed Off: Leo Donnellan 63'
Midfielder
Gareth Harkin 6
63'
63Subbed Off: Ruairi Harkin 63'
Midfielder
Barry McNamee 11
Scored: 15'
Midfielder
Karl O'Sullivan 7
89'
89Subbed Off: Tony McNamee 89'
Midfielder
Mark Russell 17
76'
76Subbed Off: Raffaele Cretaro 76'
Midfielder
Ryan Connolly 24
Forward
Adam Foley
75'
75Subbed Off: Alexander Kogler 75'
Forward

Substitutes
Raffaele Cretaro 10
76'
76Subbed On: Mark Russell 76'
Forward
Stephen Doherty 21
Midfield
Leo Donnellan 18
63'
63Subbed On: Mark Coyle 63'
Midfield
Ruairi Harkin 8
63'
63Subbed On: Gareth Harkin 63'
Midfield
Alexander Kogler
75'
75Subbed On: Adam Foley 75'
Midfield
Patrick McGarvey 25
Goalkeeper
Tony McNamee 26
89'
89Subbed On: Karl O'Sullivan 89'
Midfield
Shamrock Rovers
1 Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
5 Lee Grace
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: Roberto Lopes 46'
28 Joey O'Brien
Defender
Booked: 41'
15 Liam Scales
Defender
8 Ronan Finn
Midfielder
3 Daniel Lafferty
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: Sean Kavanagh 46'
10 Aaron McEneff
Midfielder
Peno Miss: 51'
Peno Scored: 52'
Peno Scored: 55'
7 Dylan Watts
Midfielder
21 Graham Burke
Forward
Scored: 71'
81'
81Subbed Off: Rhys Marshall 81'
29 Jack Byrne
Forward
9 Aaron Greene
Forward 88'
88Subbed Off: Thomas Oluwa 88'

Substitutes
11 Sean Kavanagh
Defender 46'
46Subbed On: Daniel Lafferty 46'
4 Roberto Lopes
Defender 46'
46Subbed On: Lee Grace 46'
2 Rhys Marshall
Defender 81'
81Subbed On: Graham Burke 81'
Darragh Nugent
Midfield
26 Thomas Oluwa
Forward 88'
88Subbed On: Aaron Greene 88'
Booked: 89'
25 Leon Pohls
Goalkeeper
19 Dean Williams
Forward