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Greene eyeing cup glory to save Sligo season

THEIR league title hopes have all but disappeared, but this season could still yield some success for Sligo Rovers if they can keep up their stunning record in the cup competitions, according to their Ireland U21 cap Aaron Greene.

Sligo will take a large travelling support to Dublin for tomorrow's FAI Ford Cup semi-final, with many of those fans having gone home from the capital disappointed last Saturday night as a defeat away to St Pats effectively ended their hopes of beating Shamrock Rovers to the league title.


But another cup final appearance -- Sligo won the FAI Cup on penalties against Shamrock Rovers last season -- is on the cards if they can recover from their league failure.

"We were bitterly disappointed on Saturday leaving Richmond Park, as you would be," said Dubliner Greene, who joined Sligo from Bohs at the start of the season.

"But we're not concentrating on the league now. This is cup week and we have a break so hopefully we can do the business tomorrow.

"We're just focusing on that. Form doesn't really come into these games so hopefully we can perform well on the day," added Greene, who despite being a new recruit to Sligo is aware of their cup record of reaching eight successive semi-finals.

"Their record in cups is incredible. It just shows that Paul Cook wants to win everything. As a club, Paul and (assistant) Gerry Carr want to win everything for Sligo Rovers. As a player, they want us to go and express ourselves.


"Every day in training they are teaching us. Every day is a school day for a player and for me personally because you are getting taught. If you're not learning then you won't be enjoying it and that is what you have to do. What they have achieved is amazing."

Bohs, of course, do not lack motivation for tomorrow, as even reaching the cup final would be an achievement for Pat Fenlon and his squad, but the Gypsies' bid for success is hampered by squad problems.

Three key first-team players -- Liam Burns, Chris Fagan and Anto Flood -- are suspended while Killian Brennan is a major doubt.