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At the quarter-final draw for the FAI Junior Cup are models Holly Keating, left, and Jodie Wood. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

At the quarter-final draw for the FAI Junior Cup are models Holly Keating, left, and Jodie Wood. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

At the quarter-final draw for the FAI Junior Cup are models Holly Keating, left, and Jodie Wood. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

BARNSLEY'S Irish midfielder Stephen Dawson has apologised to the club's supporters for making a gesture towards fans after last week's 5-0 loss to Huddersfield.

The Tykes dropped to the bottom of the Championship table with that defeat and controversy followed as Dubliner Dawson and winger Brek Shea, on loan from Stoke, both reacted to comments from fans. Following that, Shea's loan spell was cancelled and he was sent back to the Britannia, while Dawson has issued an apology.

"Firstly, I would like to apologise for my actions on Saturday. My emotions were high and I shouldn't have reacted the way I did," said Coolock lad Dawson. "I'm really disappointed with what was said to me, but I need to be professional enough to take that."

ROVERS-PATS FINAL FEASIBLE

DUBLIN rivals Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic can meet each other in the final of the Setanta Sports Cup after they avoided each other in the semi-final draw.

Last night's draw for the last four paired Pats with Sligo Rovers, the first leg in the Showgrounds on March 25, with the return at Richmond Park on April 14.

Dundalk have been drawn away for their first leg against the winners of the Shamrock Rovers v Glentoran quarter-final.

Rovers are expected to progress there as they hold a 5-1 first leg lead heading into the second leg next Monday

SHERIFF FACE GERALDINE'S

HOLDERS Sheriff YC, chasing a hat-trick of consecutive wins, were give a home draw against Limerick's Geraldine's FC in yesterday's Umbro FAI Junior Cup quarter-final draw, which was held at the Aviva Stadium, writes ÉAMON SCOTT.

The final is scheduled to be held at the stadium on Sunday, May 25 as a curtain raiser to the Republic of Ireland v Turkey friendly international.

The full draw is: Collinstown FC v NUI Galway; Sheriff YC v Geraldine's FC; Carew Park (Limerick) v St Michael's (Tipperary); Ballynanty Rovers (Limerick) v Liffey Wanderers FC.

Matches to be played on the weekend of 21, 22, 23 March. Venues to be confirmed.


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