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Monday 18 December 2017

Saints happy to grind out the wins

GER O'BRIEN hopes that a winning mentality at Inchicore this season can carry St Patrick's Athletic all the way to an FAI Cup success, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

The Saints, 3-2 winners at home to Bohemians on Friday night, are the only side guaranteed a place in the last four of the Cup as all of the other quarter-finals ended in draws so those teams (Dundalk-Shamrock Rovers, Derry City-Drogheda United and Finn Harps-Avondale United) have to replay in the coming days.

With four wins on the trot, Pats are finding form heading into the business end of the season and while the retention of their league title seems to be beyond them, a successful cup run is on the cards, if they can keep showing the spirit they showed against Bohs on Friday as the Saints came from behind to win.

"We played well on Friday but we also showed that we can dig in when it's needed," says defender O'Brien.

"Coming to this stage of the season you need to sometimes grind out the wins. At this time of the season last year, when we were going for the league, it was all about just getting the results. Cup football is a bit like that and hopefully that experience from the league last seasoncan carry us through in the cup. We're in the semis now and we don't care who we get."

Munster Senior League side Avondale United secured a 1-1 draw with Finn Harps in their quarter-final clash at Carrigaline yesterday.

The deadlock was broken on 51 minutes courtesy of Harps' midfielder Michael Funston. Avondale battled back and a headed equaliser from Danny Long with 13 minutes left made sure that the sides will meet again on Wednesday.

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