Thursday 27 July 2017

Irish still chasing cup dream

DARRON GIBSON, Seamus Coleman and Shane Duffy aren't the only Irishmen dreaming of a trip to Wembley this year.

Here are the others with a vested interest in this weekend's fifth-round ties.

Chelsea v Birmingham

Today, 12.30

Irish quartet Keith Fahey (right), Stephen Carr, Adam Rooney and Colin Doyle will all hope to be part of Chris Hughton's plans today as they look to cause an upset at Stamford Bridge.

Hughton has rotated his options in the FA Cup, and Cork man Doyle has started all the domestic cup games this season.

Millwall v Bolton

Today, 3.0

David Forde (right), Alan Dunne and Andy Keogh are regulars at Millwall.

Keogh wasn't registered in time to play in the previous round.

Dunne was breaking through with the London club when they made an unlikely charge to the final in 2004, but was an unused sub in their final defeat to Manchester United.

Norwich v Leicester

Today, 3.0

Wes Hoolahan doesn't look like making Euro 2012, so the FA Cup could make the Norwich star's summer.

Anthony Pilkington (right) and Marc Tierney will have similar thoughts. Sean St Ledger is going to Poland, but his status at Leicester is still unclear.

Sunderland v Arsenal

Today, 5.15

James McClean is the man of the moment, and it's another big day in his career.

John O'Shea has been there and done it, while David Meyler deserves a turnaround in fortunes. Keiren Westwood just wants his place in the side back.

Crawley v Stoke

Tomorrow, 12.0

Tony Pulis will be shuffling options after Thursday's Europa League exploits.

Jon Walters (right), Marc Wilson, Glenn Whelan and Rory Delap want to get back to Wembley to erase the memory of last year's defeat to Man City.

Crawley's Cork man Billy Clarke is cup-tied.

Stevenage v Tottenham

Tomorrow, 2.0

Ex-Shamrock Rovers and Longford Town striker Don Cowan is a fringe squad member at Stevenage, while Cork lad Darren Murphy is returning from an injury lay-off and building his fitness at Aldershot.

Liverpool v Brighton

Tomorrow, 4.30

Spare a thought for Brighton's ex-UCD midfielder Gary Dicker (right), who is only back in light training after breaking his leg in October, so he misses a dream day out.

Ex-Irish U-21 international Marcos Painter also injured his hamstring at the end of last month as he returned from a lay-off.

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