Highlights from the semi-finals of the FAI Junior Cup with Aviva and Umbro, Europe’s largest domestic non-league soccer competition, will be broadcast on Irish TV on Tuesday, May 5th in a primetime slot of 9pm.
The country’s four best junior sides met at venues in Tipperary and Wexford, vying for a spot in the final at the Aviva Stadium on May 17th.
Cooke Park, home of last year’s winners St Michael’s, hosted the last-four meeting of first-time semi-finalists Clonmel Celtic and twice-recent winners Sheriff YC of Dublin.
Meanwhile, Wexford Youths’ Ferrycarrig Park was the venue for North End United versus Liffey Wanderers.
There will be extended highlights of both ties with commentary from Bernard O’Toole and Alan Cawley, hosted by Ger Treacy, in the Irish Sports Network production.
Speaking about the competition, Kevin Kilbane, Aviva FAI Junior Cup Ambassador, said; “Many players can only dream of playing in this stadium but for the remaining teams in the competition, this is now a very real possibility. These clubs are now getting a top quality platform so let’s hope they can provide some great games on the Road to the Aviva over the coming months.”
Teresa McCabe, President, FAI Junior Council, said; “The FAI Junior Cup continues to go from strength to strength every year thanks to the support of Aviva and Umbro. It’s fantastic for the clubs to be here at the Aviva Stadium today. For them to have the possibility of playing in a stadium that many professional footballers will never experience is great for Junior Soccer in Ireland.”
Robert Kennedy, Head of Sales and Trading, Aviva Ireland, said; “Aviva is delighted to be involved in the FAI Junior Cup for this our third year. In the past two seasons we have watched the competition grow in stature and it’s great to see how the players now attach a real prestige to the competition. It was really important for us to listen to what Junior football wanted and we expect that the competition will be even more exciting for all the players, clubs and fans this year. TV coverage from Quarter Finals right through to the Final at the Stadium will help raise the profile of the clubs and players as well as showcasing everything that is great about Junior football in Ireland.”
Irish TV can be found on Sky 191, Freesat 400, eVision 191, free to air boxes with a live stream online at http://www.irishtv.ie/
The FAI Junior Cup quarter-finals highlights programme will be broadcast on Setanta Ireland at 5:30pm on Good Friday, April 3rd and at 3:15pm on Easter Sunday, April 5th – half an hour earlier than originally scheduled.
The four quarter-finals featured are –
Three wins for League of Ireland clubs, one for the IFA Premiership in last night’s 2014 Setanta Sports Cup quarter-final first-legs. Relevant notable events of last night….
In 127 cross-border meetings in the Setanta Sports Cup, LOI wins 71, IFA wins 28, draws 28. Goals 224-108.
Dundalk’s 3-2 home loss to Coleraine was their first to an IFA club in the #SSCup, and only their second ever.
Coleraine’s 3-2 win was the first time they had scored three goals in a Setanta Sports Cup tie.
Ballinamallard became the 21st club to play in the Setanta Sports Cup.
It was St Pats’ first away win over an IFA side since April 2007, 3-0 at Portadown.
It was St Pats’ first goal in the competitive since the first round in 2011.
Eric Odhiambo’s hat-trick for Sligo Rovers was the fifth in the history of the competition. Four have been away from home.
The other hat-tricks were scored by Roy O’Donovan, Mark Farren, Danny Kearns, Rory Patterson.
Odhiambo’s hat-trick on his Setanta Cup debut follows Danny Kearns’ same feat in 2011.
Glentoran have conceded more goals than anyone else in the competition – 72.
Crusaders’ 4-1 home loss to Sligo was their record #SSCup defeat.
Semi-finals night in the Setanta Sports Cup tonight (first legs). Shamrock Rovers v Cork City is the live game at 7:30, with Drogheda United hosting Sligo Rovers at 7:45.
Some random notes ahead of tonight –
Shamrock Rovers and Cork City have never met in the competition before, neither have Drogheda United or Sligo Rovers.
Denis Behan is joint top all-time scorer alongside Peter Thompson on 11 goals, but hasn’t scored in the comp since 2008.
Mark Quigley on 10 goals is one behind Behan and Thompson.
It’s Cork’s 34th #SSCup tie tonight – only Glentoran and Linfield have played more.
Three of the fourth sides playing tonight are in a joint record fourth #SSCup semi-final – Cork City, Sligo Rovers and Drogheda.
Shamrock Rovers record against LOI clubs: P5 W4 D0 L1 Gls8-4
Cork City’s record against LOI clubs: P12 W5 D3 L4 Gls12-9
Drogheda United’s record against LOI clubs: P10 W4 D4 L2 Gls8-8
Sligo Rovers’ record against LOI clubs: P5 W0 D1 L4 Gls5-12
Club records in the Setanta Sports Cup for the four semi-finalists
Just off the plane from Gothenburg and it’s immediately off to Tallaght for the Setanta Sports Cup quarter-final first-leg between Shamrock Rovers and Linfield – their first meeting since 1984.
Two of the three all-time top scorers in the competition are due to play tonight – Peter Thompson and Mark Quigley. The Rovers attacker has scored 10 goals so far across four different clubs – a now-corrected Wikipedia article wrongly credited a 2011 semi-final goal to Daniel Kearns, which is why you may have seen it reported elsewhere as him being on nine.
Shamrock Rovers and Linfield both come into the game with a 50-50 record against teams from the other side of the border.
Rovers have supplied an excellent stats pack for the game, compiled by Karl Reilly – and that’s definitely worth a name-check tonight. But I’ll probably forget, so he’ll get one here.
Linfield will become all-time tournament top scorers again if they outscore Cork City by two goals tonight – the FAI don’t incorporate walkovers into their records.
Coverage on Setanta Ireland is from 7pm, kick-off at 7:30pm.
Will Downing, Dublin