The oldest football competition in Ireland, the FAI Senior Cup is the Blue Riband event for clubs in Ireland. Clubs from the SSE Airtricity League compete with junior and intermediate clubs in a competition that dates back to 1922.
The current holders of the competition are Dundalk, who defeated Cork City 2-1in the 2018 Final, courtesy of a Patrick McEleney goal.
The first of this weekend’s FAI Ford Cup semi-finals takes place this evening (Friday) when Sligo Rovers and Waterford United meet at The Showgrounds (kick-off 7.35pm).
The Bit O’Red and the Blues go head-to-head for a chance to book their place in the cup final, which will take place on November 22nd in the Tallaght Stadium. Neither side have made it to the FAI Ford Cup final for several years, with Sligo Rovers not having made it to the last two since 1994, while Waterford United’s last final appearance was in 2004.
Four clubs will be vying this weekend to reach the 2009 FAI Ford Cup final at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday, November 22.
On Friday night, the first of the last-four ties will take place at the Showgrounds where Sligo Rovers of the Premier Division entertain First Division side Waterford United (7.35pm).
The Blues will be missing Alan Carey, Willie-John Kiely and goalkeeper Michael Devine through suspension.
Sligo Rovers and Sporting Fingal have been drawn at home in the semi finals of the FAI Ford Cup after the pairings were made live on RTE’s MNS show.
Sligo Rovers will face Waterford United at The Showgrounds, while Sporting Fingal have been drawn at home to Bray Wanderers.
The semi finals will take place on October 23rd and 25th, with both matches broadcast live on RTE TWO.
Sligo Rovers and Sporting Fingal have been drawn at home in the semi finals of the FAI Ford Cup.
Stephen Bradley 47 (pen) Alan Kirby 8, 117 (pen)
A night of high drama in Tallaght Stadium ended with Sporting Fingal claiming a remarkable win over the aristocrats of Shamrock Rovers in the FAI Ford Cup quarter-final replay.
Alan Kirby’s 113th minute penalty proved to be the decisive blow as Stephen Bradley missed a spot kick in stoppage time, after he had converted one in normal time.
Bray Wanderers 2 - 1 Longford Town
John Flood 12, Glynn (90 + 4)
Chris Shields 26.
Bray Wanderers edged nervously through to the FAI Ford Cup semi-finals when first half goals from John Flood and Chris Shields gave them an unconvincing victory in the quarter-final replay against Longford Town at the Carlisle Grounds.
It was only a series of superb second half saves by Aussie ’keeper Chris O’Connor that denied a battling Longford side from at least a chance of forcing the game into extra time.
Sligo Rovers 2-1 Bohemians
O’Grady 67, Doyle 71 Cronin 43
Bohemians’ hopes of a clean sweep of domestic trophies this season ended with a 2-1 defeat to Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds in the FAI Ford quarter-final replay on Tuesday night.
Rovers had to come from behind after a rare slip from Gavin Peers had allowed Glenn Cronin to open the scoring for the visitors just before the break.
But man-of-the-match Conor O’Grady pulled the home side level with a 67th minute tap-in after great work from Raffaele Cretaro.
St. Patrick’s Athletic 0 - 2 Waterford United
Alan Carey 24
Willie John Kiely 39
Waterford United booked their place in the semi-finals of the FAI Ford Cup at the second attempt after beating St Patrick’s Athletic 2-0 at Richmond Park.
Alan Carey and Willie John Kiely scored a goal apiece in the first-half of their quarter-final replay as the League of Ireland First Division side kept their hopes of a cup double alive.
Tuesday is set to be a night of high drama after all four weekend FAI Ford Cup quarter finals ended in draws.
The four replays will take place tonight with all eight teams hoping to book their place in the semi finals of the competition.
Three of the four replays will kick-off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, with the Shamrock Rovers v Sporting Fingal match scheduled for an 8pm kick-off.
Sligo Rovers host Bohemians looking for a repeat of their recent league meeting at The Showgrounds, which saw the Bit O’ Red defeat the Gypsies 1-0.
Sporting Fingal 2-2 Shamrock Rovers
Sporting Fingal launched a magnificent second half comeback in a Morton Stadium thriller to take Shamrock Rovers to a replay at Tallaght on Tuesday night.
Their chances of such a result looked slim at the break as the Hoops looked comfortable2-0 up but credit Liam Buckley’s men who did enough on the night to nick it.
After a quiet opening quarter, Rovers started to find their range as captain Shane Robinson curled a magnificent free kick that somehow came off the bar and the post with Darren Quigley beaten.