Galway United look to book their place in the FAI Cup Semis…
Galway United will entertain Limerick this evening in the quarter-final of the FAI Cup, with the Tribesmen looking to secure a spot in the semi-finals for the first time since October 2008.
The late Mark Farren scrored in a 1-0 win for Derry City at Eamonn Deacy Park in the last semi-final United reached.
The road to the Aviva has seen Galway United beat two Dublin sides: Killester United and St Patrick’s Athletic, but this evening Limerick stand in their way.
The two teams have met twice this season, a 1-1 at the Markets Field and a winning 3-1 United victory at Eamonn Deacy Park.
Limerick meanwhile knocked out Cobh Ramblers and Ballybofey side Finn Harps.
Both teams will fancy their chances
Galway United manager Shane Keegan told the club’s official website that both teams will be optimistic entering tonight’s game, and that both teams would have been pleased with the draw.
“I think it’s a game where both teams are happy with the draw, both teams will fancy their chances.
“We have already beaten Limerick at Eamonn Deacy Park this season, that will give us confidence.
“They will fancy their chances because we’re currently second bottom in the table, they will at least be hopeful of bringing a replay back to the Markets Field.
“It’s not often that you get into a position like this, it’s a quarter-final that’s winnable, a 50/50 game, we have to fully grab the opportunity.
“While it’s separate to our league campaign, I do think it has an effect.
“We have two games at home after the Limerick game, I find it hard to believe that if we won and got a home draw in the semi-final, that it wouldn’t give us a massive lift for those games.
“If we can win the Limerick game, we will go from now right through until the last week of the season without a break and that is exactly what we’re targeting.
“If we manage to get through and get a home draw, that would be fantastic for the football club, supporters and players,” Keegan said.
Rory Hale, Eoin McCormack and Niall Maher are doubts for this evening’s clash, but Shane Keegan hopes they will be fit to feature.