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Saturday 22 July 2017

Saints face tough trip to Cork in EA Cup defence

St Patrick's Athletic boss Liam Buckley
St Patrick's Athletic boss Liam Buckley

St Patrick's Athletic bid to defend their EA Sports Cup title when they face the might of a Cork City side on a remarkable 100 per cent run since the start of the season at Turner's Cross this afternoon (kick-off 4.0pm).

A place in the semi-finals awaits both teams in a competition the Saints have won for the past two years running. While Cork beat Bray Wanderers to stretch their Premier Division lead to 12 points, Liam Buckley and his side claimed a point on their long trip to Derry.

St Pat's are due to field a strong team for the clash, while Cork boss John Caulfield will rotate his squad.

Caulfield said: "There will be a lot of changes. Obviously, it is a cup quarter final and we have had a superb start to the season but, at the same time, we have guys coming back from injury and guys who have been on the bench who need to play.

"We are well aware that Pat's have won this competition for the last two years and will probably play their strongest team."

In today's other two quarter-final clashes, First Division leaders Waterford travel to take on Dundalk at Oriel Park (kick-off 5.0pm), while Sligo Rovers host Galway United at the Showgrounds (kick-off 3.0pm).

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