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Dundalk ready for Pats clash

DUNDALK skipper Liam Burns says his side are expecting a tough challenge from St Patrick's Athletic in the big FAI Cup clash of the weekend tomorrow.

Pats and Dundalk remain the top two sides in the league table but both teams suffered last weekend, Pats losing to Drogheda United, while Dundalk lost to UCD.

"We know what we're going to get from St Pat's tomorrow. They're going to be organised and get men behind the ball, and they'll be looking to bounce back after disappointing results against Drogheda and Sligo," said Burns.

Macedonians show threat with victory

IRELAND'S European Championship opponents Macedonia showed once again that they will be a threat in the Euro 2012 qualifiers as they defeated Romania in a friendly last night.

The Macedonians, who beat Azerbaijan in a friendly last week, earned a 1-0 win over Romania in a friendly in Austria last night, Vanche Shikov scoring the winner on 28 minutes against a Romanian side which included Champions League winner Cristian Chivu.

Monaghan reap home draw reward

MONAGHAN United have been rewarded for their League Cup run with a home draw against Dundalk in the semi-finals.

Mick Cooke's side reached the last four of a major competition for the first time in their history by beating Limerick on Tuesday, and now only Dundalk stand between United and a place in the final. In the other semi-final, Sligo Rovers have been drawn at home to Shamrock Rovers. The games take place on Monday August 2.

Keeley: Wexford loss was last straw

DERMOT KEELY says that Shelbourne's defeat to Wexford Youths two weeks ago prompted his decision to quit as manager.

Keely has stepped down as Shels boss after three and a half seasons in charge and, while he admits he had been considering his post since Shels failed to win promotion last season, a 2-1 loss at home to Wexford forced him to walk away.

"I have the utmost respect for Mick Wallace but I don't think it's fair to say I don't think Shels should be losing to them at home," Keely said. "That made me decide to go. I have a lot of time for everyone at Shels and I knew people were frustrated with results."