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.
Striker Morrissey capped a rare start with a second half winner at the Carlisle Grounds as John Caulfield’s side set up a date with Dundalk at the Aviva Stadium on November 8.
Though second best for good spells of the game, Bray battled to the death and might have forced a replay, but for a terrific late stop from Cork keeper Mark McNulty from Wanderers’ substitute Emeka Onwubiko.
A lively start to the game saw Cork create the opening chance after just two minutes with Darren Dennehy glancing his header wide from Liam Miller’s first corner of the game.
Barrett powered home with a thumping header in the 36th minute to give Dundalk the lead before Ronan Finn, with the aid of a Pat Sullivan deflection, put the result beyond the midlanders just four minutes after the restart.
The Lilywhites will now face Cork City or Bray Wanderers in the showpiece at the Aviva Stadium on November 8. And, with the SSE Airtricity League title all but secured, the Lilywhites know that victory in the final on November 8 would complete the club’s third league and FAI Cup double and first since 1988.
First up will be the meeting of Dundalk and Longford Town at Oriel Park on Friday evening. With a successful defence of their League title virtually wrapped up with four games to go, Dundalk are eyeing a first double in 27 years but they face a Longford Town side that has done well in the top flight following their promotion from the First Division last season.
The Longford Town striker, who does brilliant work for the FAI's Commerical Department, may not have filled out the holiday request form for Sunday, November 8 but it's a task that is very much on his mind.
First he must help his team book their place in that showpiece event. Not an easy feat to achieve considering SSE Airtricity League Premier Division champions Dundalk stand in their way in a crunch semi-final - at Oriel Park of all places.
Cork made one change with skipper Johnny Dunleavy coming in for Alan Bennett while Peter Hutton made four changes in all from Friday’s drawn game at the Brandywell.
The Candy Stripes changes saw Mark Quigley, Stephen Dooley, Mark Timlin and Ben McLaughlin all making way for Aaron McEneff, Ryan Curran, Cillian Morrison and midfielder Philip Lowry who was back from a three match ban for this replay.
The draw was made by former Republic of Ireland international Keith Fahey, who was a member of the St Patrick’s Athletic team that won the trophy in 2014, and Fran Gavin, Director of Competitions at the Football Association of Ireland. The draw was broadcast live on RTE Radio One’s Morning Ireland programme and also on RTE News Now.
The result of the draw was:
Dundalk v Longford Town
Bray Wanderers v Cork City or Derry City
Sheriff were on the back foot from the start with Peter Halpin having to make a smart save with his feet inside four minutes to thwart David O’Sullivan, who’d been put through onto strike-partner Gary Shaw.
Halpin was busy again within nine minutes, doing well to parry from O’Sullivan’s shot on the turn as Longford started brightly.
Stephen Rice shot wide from Lorcan Shannon’s corner while Kevin O’Connor shaved the bar with another long-range effort before dominant Longford got their deserved lead on 25 minutes.
However, Peter Hutton's troops must do it the hard way when facing that 300 miles trek from Foyleside to Leeside as they attempt to return to the Aviva Stadium for the second time in as many years.
And while the result was probably a fair one, given the overall balance of play, not even the undoubted brilliance of Derry talisman, Patrick McEleney, could swing this tie in his side's favour.
Indeed, McEleney, who became a father on Thursday, met his match in Cork City custodian, Mark McNulty, who produced several top drawer stops on the night to keep Cork in the tie.
At a rain swept Carlisle Grounds, goals in half by Hugh Douglas and Dave Scully booked their passage into the final four.
Having beaten Dunboyne AFC (3-0), Cobh Ramblers (3-0) and Tolka Rovers (4-0) to get to the last eight, United conceded their first goal in the competitions after just seven minutes.
Striker Chris Lyons saw his drive blocked out from the corner. From Ryan McEvoy’s delivery, defender Douglas timed his run to power in a front post header.
Daryl Horgan set them on their way with a delightful effort in the 55th minute before Ciaran Kilduff scored one of the goals of the season, lifting a delicious effort over Richard Brush.
The floodgates opened when Ronan Finn made it 3-0 with another beauty before substitute Sean Maguire wrapped it up with his first goal for the club in the 88th minute.
Sligo’s Regan Donelan squandered a decent chance to test Gary Rogers in the 8th minute, the left back firing over from 25-yards despite finding himself well placed.