FAI Cup Final Preview – Sligo Rovers v Sporting Fingal

Sligo Rovers and Sporting Fingal do battle in the FAI Ford Cup Final at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday afternoon with kick off at 3pm.

Recently promtoted from the First Division, Sporting Fingal are the league’s newest side having only been in existence for two years, but their professional set up should see them succeed where their predecessors, Dublin City, failed.

An FAI Cup Final appearance marks the first significant milestone in the club’s short career and they will be keen to pick up their first piece of silverware in front of what should be close to a sell out crowd of 9000.

Fingal boss Liam Buckley has no injury worries going into the game and he expressed his happiness at having a full compliment of players at his disposal.

“It’s the first time in twelve weeks I’ve a full squad to choose from and that always gives a manager confidence,” he said.

“I know we’re capable of being competitive in this final. Sligo Rovers will rightly be favourites given their experience and ability to match the best of them in the top-flight.

“Paul Cook is a manager I respect and he’ll have his players motivated to give their loyal fans something to cheer about in Tallaght Stadium.”

Rovers will be without skipper Conor O’Grady through suspension, though Richard Brush and Owen Morrison are pushing for places after recovering from knocks.

Defender Stephen Peers is looking forward to the club’s first final in 15 years, but the 24 year old is knows that they will have a tough against Fingal.

“They are a very experienced side,” he said. “Eamon Zayed, he’s won the league (with Drogheda), Stephen Paisley and Alan Kirby have won the cup.”

“They’ve won a few things and are used to the big occasions now.

“For some of us it’s the first time in a such a big game, but we’re quietly confident, everybody has to have their heads right and if we’re the hungrier team we will win.”

A limited number of tickets remain for the game and will go on sale at 1pm at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday priced €20 for adults and €10 for children.

BPF Prediction –

Sligo Rovers 2

Sporting Fingal 1

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