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Cup semi throws up potential derby tie

BOHEMIANS and Shamrock Rovers could face off in the semi-finals of the EA Sports Cup after the draw threw up a potential Dublin derby.

Premier Division league leaders Dundalk already know that they will take on Wexford Youths in their semi-final but Bohs, who beat Longford Town 2-0 in midweek, will await the winners of the postponed quarter-final tie between Cork City and Rovers.

Meanwhile, Irish youngster Evan Finnegan will consider a move to French football in the summer if a trial at Bohemians does not lead to a contract offer.

The Dubliner is a free agent as he was released by Doncaster Rovers at the end of last season, the Yorkshire club having a cull of players in the wake of their relegation to League One.

Finnegan guested for Bohs in a friendly against Welsh side Rhyl last weekend and the player is awaiting an update from the Dalymount Park club, who are eager to sign a left-sided player in time for the second half of the league season.

“I played for Bohs last week and it went ok, but I am short of match fitness and I’d need a few more games,” says Finnegan, who is keen to explore his options. I have friends who are playing in the Airtricity League and I would think about a move there if a contract was on offer, but I want to see what my options are.

“My agent says there is interest from a couple of clubs in France so I might go over there in July, and the US is something else I would consider.”

The Clontarf lad made his debut for Doncaster in December 2012 but was not in favour under new boss Paul Dickov and found himself released at the end of last season.

Cork City boss John Caulfield has appealed to fans to get back out and support the team again.

“After having fantastic crowds so far this season, the numbers were down for our last home game against Derry, albeit that the atmosphere was very good,” Caulfield says.

“Tonight against Athlone is a massive game for us. Athlone have got their first win and they have a new manager in place, so that will give them a bit of a lift. I just hope, given we have three wins in the space of a week, that people make a huge effort to come back out and get behind us and get that victory that we need.”