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Monday 16 September 2019

Tierney eyes cup run

Bohs target end of 11-year famine

HARD WORKER: Finglas teenager Ross Tierney
HARD WORKER: Finglas teenager Ross Tierney

Teenage dreams are hard to beat for attacker Ross Tierney as he hopes that his Bohemians side can deliver a trophy for the club's supporters this season.

And their close rivals Shamrock Rovers also go into action tonight desperate to end a long, long wait to see the FAI Cup once again.

Bohs, who last lifted the FAI Cup 11 years ago, have a home tie against lower-tier opposition for the second round in a row, Longford Town the visitors to Dalymount Park tonight.

Longford's build-up to the tie was thrown into disarray this week as manager Neale Fenn, in charge since 2017, informed the club yesterday that he was leaving to take up a post at his former club Cork City, so coach Daire Doyle will take charge of Longford for the Cup tie tonight.

That's a blow for Longford but Bohs will wonder if this can be their year to get thold of the FAI Cup again. "We will push and push, we are a humble team, we never get too big headed but hopefully there will be a trophy at the end of the year, that would be a reward for our hard work," says Ross Tierney. The 18-year-old Finglas lad has worked his way into the Bohs side in the last month, scoring his first league goal in last week's 10-1 hammering of UCD.

"The fans here are great. We play as much as we can for the supporters, and we'd love to win a trophy for them.

"Results hadn't gone our way for a while but we always did our best in training, we always try but we got the rewards against UCD last week and maybe that's the bit of luck we need now.

"We came through a rocky spell with the UCD game but we have to go again tonight," added Tierney, enjoying life at Bohs after spells with WFTA, St Kevin's Boys and Belvedere.

Shamrock Rovers are at home to a Division One side, Drogheda United, but memories of a Cup defeat to them 12 months ago are still in the mind of manager Stephen Bradley.

"It just shows if you are not at your levels for any game you'll get beat," says Bradley.

"That happened us last year up there, we weren't at our levels, we didn't play to our strengths, and we deservedly got beaten on the night, we have to make sure we are focused.

"If we don't do that and are not focused or ready, we showed last year that we will get beat," added Bradley

"We need to respect that Drogheda are a better team than they were last year. They score a lot of goals, play good football."

St Patrick's Athletic face up tonight to a UCD side who are led by new manager Maciej Tarnogrodzki for the first time, the Students rocked by last week's heavy loss to Bohs.

"It's tricky with a new manager coming in and if I was a UCD player I'd be keen to impress the manager so it will be a tough game for us tonight," says Saints forward Glen McAuley.

Meanwhile, The League of Ireland community joined forces over the last 24 hours to pay tribute to former Bray Wanderers and Cabinteely kitman Michael 'Locker' Davis, who lost his battle with cancer yesterday.

"Obviously our testimonial games on Sunday at Stradbrook, starting at 2.0pm, will go ahead in memory of Locker's huge contribution to football and his lifetime appreciation of all those who valued his company," said Cabinteely boss Pat Devlin, organiser of the event.

FAI Cup
Bohs v Longford Town
(Dalymount Park, 7.45)

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