Turner's Cross is ready to rock again for FAI Cup semi-final

Turner's Cross is ready to rock again for FAI Cup semi-final
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A BUMPER crowd is expected in Turner’s Cross again tonight for an FAI Cup semi-final showdown with Limerick, hot on the heels of Monday’s sell-out league clash with Dundalk.

The main injury concern ahead of tonight’s televised FAI Cup tie, ko 7.15pm, with provincial rivals Limerick, is to wide man Kieran Sadlier who has a hamstring strain.

The Londoner and former Sligo Rovers player was man of the match in the 2-1 league loss to Limerick at the Markets Field last weekend but he only made the bench for the 1-1 draw with Dundalk on Monday, when City opted not to make any substitutions.

Sadlier was among the subs, with Greg Bolger, Achille Campion, Robbie Williams, Connor Ellis, Conor McCarthy and reserve keeper Alan Smith, and manager John Caulfield may be tempted to go with an unchanged team.

The FAI Cup holders have no suspension issues to worry about but also on the slightly doubtful list are Steven Beattie, Alan Bennett and Stephen Dooley.

Cork booked their place in the last four of the competition with a 4-1 win away at Longford Town, while Limerick recorded a 2-1 win away to Galway United.

“Our performance on Monday night was the kind of performance that we have given for most of the season,” said Caulfield.

“That is our level and we can do that, so for the remainder of the season we need to keep it up and kick on.

“Some of the lads might have lost a little bit of form but Monday against Dundalk proved we are back on track.

“The games are so big now; the adrenaline will be there and every player will want to play. This is an opportunity to get to a cup final; we have been in the last two and we are the holders, so we want to get to the Aviva for the third year in a row.

“We are at home too, with our supporters behind us, and we are determined to get back to the Aviva Stadium on November 5.”

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