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FT with Penos

Rory Feely 117' -
Scored: 117'


Dawson Devoy 121' -
Shootout Peno Scored: 121'


Conor Levingston 123' -
Shootout Peno Scored: 123'


Stephen Mallon 125' -
Shootout Peno Scored: 125'


Tyreke Wilson 127' -
Shootout Peno Missed: 127'


Keith Ward 129' -
Shootout Peno Missed: 129'


Scored: 115'
- Chris Forrester 115'

Shootout Peno Scored: 122'
- Rónán Coughlan 122'

Shootout Peno Scored: 124'
- Billy King 124'

Shootout Peno Missed: 126'
- Chris Forrester 126'

Shootout Peno Scored: 128'
- Jason McClelland 128'

Shootout Peno Scored: 130'
- Robbie Benson 130'


FAI Cup Final Preview: Bohemains -v- St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sat, Nov 27 2021

Rob Hennessy brandishes a yellow card during the Athletic's 2-1 win over Bohs in the league last May in Richmond Park Credit: Eddie Lennon

BOHEMIANS

On Sunday, Bohemians arrive at Lansdowne Road aiming to win their first FAI Cup in 13 years.

Manager Pat Fenlon led The Gypsies to glory at the RDS that day, beating Derry City on penalties after a 2-2 draw. It was also Bohs’ last appearance in the cup final.

They previously featured in three consecutive finals from 1999 to 2002 and won 2001’s showpiece with a 1-0 win over Stephen Kenny’s Longford Town.

Bohs cup run to this year’s final began in July with a 5-0 thumping over College Corinthians. Round two featured a dramatic Dublin derby against Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park. Roberto Lopes’ 80th minute strike cancelled out Ali Coote’s opener. Georgie Kelly and Ronan Finn both saw red before a terrific Andy Lyons effort sent the Gypsies into the quarter final. 

The Dublin 7 side booked a semi-final spot with a 4-0 win over ten man Maynooth University Town in September. Last month’s semi-final was as dramatic as they come. After missing a first half penalty, Georgie Kelly redeemed himself with an 89th minute winner as Marc Bircham’s Waterford finished with nine men.

However, their league form has been less consistent. Although they beat Drogheda United and Shamrock Rovers in recent weeks, a run of four draws and one loss in October made their top four hopes difficult. Last weekend’s 1-1 draw away to Sligo Rovers left them in fifth place on the final day.

Bohs will have added pressure on Sunday as they must win the cup to secure European football next year. If this is the case, Derry City, who came fourth will miss out on the Europa Conference League qualifiers in 2022.

One advantage Bohs have over their opponents is their familiarity with the Aviva Stadium. Their Europa Conference League run in the summer saw them win three from three at the Dublin 4 venue, on a combined score line of 8-1.

Bohs saw off Stjarnan (Iceland) and Dudelange (Luxembourg) before earning a famous 2-1 victory against Greek heavyweights PAOK. It wasn't to be in the end in the tie, as a 2-0 second leg defeat in Greece ended their European journey.

Bohs manager Keith Long is suspended for Sunday’s showpiece. The Bohs boss is serving a one match ban for a red card picked up in their 3-1 win against champions Shamrock Rovers.

Defender Andy Lyons spoke ahead of the final, and said he is expecting a special atmosphere at Lansdowne Road. 

“We’re really looking forward to the game,” he said. “The big thing for us is making our fans proud, they’ve been through a lot in the last few years. We’re looking at putting a performance in and if we do everything we can on the day hopefully the result should look after itself.

“If you look back at the atmosphere at those European games at the Aviva, they were electric and there were still restrictions in place.

"So, if you can add a few more Bohs fans to that, which there will be, I think the atmosphere is going to be incredible to be honest with you. That’s something we’re relishing to experience. 

“Our last final was in 2008 and when you add the fact fans weren’t able to get to games due to COVID and you see the fans' reaction in the semi-final against Waterford you just know they’re going to look forward to the occasion just as much as we are.” 

ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

The Saints come into the final hoping to win their first FAI Cup in seven years. Christy Fagan’s brace in the 2014 decider ended their 53 year wait for the cup in front of 17,000 fans at the Aviva Stadium. Their last win before that came in 1961, when St. Pat’s beat Drumcondra 2-1 at Dalymount Park. Their first cup final appearance came in 1954, although Drumcondra ran out 1-0 winners. 

The Saints’ cup run in 2021 began with a 6-0 thrashing of Bray Wanderers, with Billy King bagging a double. Next up came a trip down to Cork City, who they beat on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

In the quarter final, goals from Darragh Burns and Ronan Coughlan helped St. Pat’s see off Wexford FC 3-0. Dundalk arrived in Inchicore for last month’s semi-final but left disappointed as a late Burns strike sealed a 3-1 win in front of a sold-out Richmond Park. 

The Saints league form has been much better than that of Bohs. Stephen O’Donnell and Alan Mathews led their side to second place, their best league finish since 2013, the year they won the league. They went unbeaten in their first nine games, beating Bohemians and Derry along the way.

While many hoped they would push Shamrock Rovers for the title, it wasn't to be as they won just one of their last five league games. Nevertheless, it has been a positive season for Inchicore side, and they will be hoping to finish it with silverware by Sunday evening.

This year’s cup final is set to be a record breaker. On Thursday the FAI said that over 35,000 tickets had been sold.

After 36,101 attended the 2010 final, Sunday’s showpiece will be the largest in the Aviva era and could surpass the all-time record 41,238 when Shamrock Rovers lifted the cup in 1945 beating Bohs 1-0. Only three of the last ten finals have passed the 30,000 ticket sales. 

Stephen O’Donnell, who won three FAI Cups as a player, spoke to St. Pat’s media team ahead of the final. 

“It's a great occasion playing at the national stadium,” he said. 

“They're really enjoyable occasions, on what is a massive day on our domestic calendar. It's the biggest day of the year, in a lovely arena in front of a big crowd.

“We have a great bunch of players. It's not often you say it, usually you might have a squad of players and then a couple of lads that you might have doubts about their application and attitude, but I can honestly say I don't have one individual where I can say I'm not sure about him or his character.

“We have had players who won cup finals and great experience and then we have other boys that haven't played in one, so I am delighted for them to go and experience it."

Looking at the opposition, O’Donnell expects a tightly contested final.

"Bohs have some very good individuals,” he added.

“They are the top scorers in the league, so they carry a lot of attacking threat. Our four games have all been very tight. Not so much in the actual games being very tight but the score lines have been tight. There's a lot of good individuals on both sides, a lot of good footballers on a big pitch and that should lend itself to being a very good game on Sunday.”

Referee: Rob Hennessy. 

MATCH STATS

Bohemians have won seven FAI Cups compared to St. Pat’s three.

In their four league meetings in this season, the Saints have won two and drawn one. 

Sunday’s decider is the first all-Dublin final since 2000, when Shelbourne beat Bohemians 1-0 in a replay.

BETTING

Bohemians 9/5; Draw 2/1; St Patrick’s Athletic 13/10.

PREDICTION

Bohemians 2 - 1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Bohemians

Injured: n/a

Suspended: Keith Long

St. Patrick’s Athletic

Injured: John Mountney

Suspended: None

 

 

 


Bohemians
DNov. 1, 2021
St. Pats 2 - 2 Bohs
WNov. 7, 2021
Bohs 2 - 1 Drogheda
WNov. 12, 2021
Bohs 3 - 1 Shamrock R
DNov. 19, 2021
Sligo 1 - 1 Bohs
DNov. 28, 2021
Bohs 1 - 1 St. Pats
James Talbot 1
Goalkeeper
Tyreke Wilson 19
Shootout Peno Missed: 127'
Defender
Andy Lyons 2
Defender
Ciaran Kelly 6
74'
74Subbed Off: Rory Feely 74'
Defender
Rob Cornwall 5
Defender
Ross Tierney 26
Midfielder
Dawson Devoy 28
Shootout Peno Scored: 121'
Midfielder
Ali Coote 8
85'
85Subbed Off: Stephen Mallon 85'
Midfielder
Liam Burt 11
113'
113Subbed Off: Keith Ward 113'
Midfielder
© Keith Buckley 16
116'
116Subbed Off: Conor Levingston 116'
116'
116Subbed Off: Conor Levingston 116'
Midfielder
Georgie Kelly 12
61'
61Subbed Off: Promise Omochere 61'
Forward

Substitutes
Keith Ward 10
113'
113Subbed On: Liam Burt 113'
Shootout Peno Missed: 129'
Midfield
Promise Omochere 30
61'
61Subbed On: Georgie Kelly 61'
Midfield
Jamie Mullins
Midfield
Stephen McGuinness 25
Goalkeeper
Stephen Mallon
85'
85Subbed On: Ali Coote 85'
Shootout Peno Scored: 125'
Midfield
Conor Levingston 14
116'
116Subbed On: Keith Buckley 116'
116'
116Subbed On: Keith Buckley 116'
Shootout Peno Scored: 123'
Midfield
James Finnerty 18
Defender
Rory Feely 4
74'
74Subbed On: Ciaran Kelly 74'
Scored: 117'
Midfield
Anto Breslin 3
Defender
St. Pats
DNov. 1, 2021
St. Pats 2 - 2 Bohs
LNov. 5, 2021
St. Pats 0 - 3 Sligo
DNov. 12, 2021
St. Pats 2 - 2 Harps
DNov. 19, 2021
Waterford 0 - 0 St. Pats
DNov. 28, 2021
Bohs 1 - 1 St. Pats
1 Vitezslav Jaros
Goalkeeper
5 Lee Desmond
Defender
Booked: 100'
4 Sam Bone
Defender 90'
90Subbed Off: Jak Hickman 90'
3 Ian Bermingham ©
Defender
29 Paddy Barrett
Defender 81'
81Subbed Off: James Abankwah 81'
Alfie Lewis
Midfielder 97'
97Subbed Off: Rónán Coughlan 97'
6 Jamie Lennon
Midfielder
60Subbed On: 60'
60'
60Subbed Off: Billy King 60'
8 Chris Forrester
Midfielder
Scored: 115'
Shootout Peno Missed: 126'
17 Darragh Burns
Midfielder
Booked: 38'
7 Robbie Benson
Midfielder
Shootout Peno Scored: 130'
12 Matty Smith
Forward 75'
75Subbed Off: Jason McClelland 75'

Substitutes
Kyrian Nwoko
Forward
21 Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
9 Nahum Melvin-Lambert
Forward
16 Jason McClelland
Midfield 75'
75Subbed On: Matty Smith 75'
Shootout Peno Scored: 128'
15 Billy King
Midfield 60'
60Subbed Off: Jamie Lennon 60'
60'
60Subbed On: Jamie Lennon 60'
Shootout Peno Scored: 124'
Jak Hickman
Defender 90'
90Subbed On: Sam Bone 90'
20 Shane Griffin
Defender
10 Rónán Coughlan
Forward 97'
97Subbed On: Alfie Lewis 97'
Shootout Peno Scored: 122'
James Abankwah
Defender 81'
81Subbed On: Paddy Barrett 81'

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 FAI Cup Final

Date: 4 p.m. Nov. 28, 2021

Venue: Lansdowne Road

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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