Limerick FC travel to Turners Cross for FAI Cup semi-final clash with holders Cork City

It has been confirmed that Limerick FC will make the short trip to Cork to take on the runaway league leaders in the FAI Cup semi-final following Monday’s draw.

The game will be shown live on RTE2 on September 29, kick off is at 19:15, and will be the second meeting between the sides in 7 days as Limerick welcome Cork to the Market’s field for a league clash on September 22.

Neil McDonald’s men saw off fellow league strugglers Galway Utd 2-1 in the quarter-final stages while Cork were 4-1 winners over first division side Longford.

Although an away day against a Cork side that lead the way in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division by 14 points may seem daunting, it must be noted that John Caulfield’s side have not been the same attacking force since Seani Maguire departed for Preston back in July.

Cork have struggled to find the back of the net in the league recently, compared to earlier in the season, and have suffered losses to Bohemians, Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers, who saw them off in the EA Sports Cup and the league.

For Limerick, this cup run will serve as a welcome distraction from the league with Neil McDonald’s side caught in a relegation scrap coming into the business end of the season.

Holders Cork City are hoping to lift the trophy for the fourth time in their history, while Limerick last lifted the Cup in 1982, following a 1-0 win over Bohemians.

Should the game end as a draw, the replay will take place at the Markets Field on Monday, October 2.

In the other semi-final, Dundalk will come up against Shamrock Rovers on Sunday, October 1 at 16:45, also live on RTE2. A potential replay is scheduled for Wednesday, October 4 should it be needed.

 

 

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