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Home where heart is for Fenlon's side

HOME RULE is the main aim for Bohemians when they take on Glentoran in the Setanta Sports Cup at Dalymount Park today (5.15pm).

The Gypsies are already guaranteed a place in the semi-finals, having taken 10 points from their three group games so far, but a win against the Glens tonight would hand Bohs a home tie for the second leg of the semi-final.

"We still want to win this match to guarantee a home second leg in the semi-finals," said Bohs boss Pat Fenlon, aiming to keep up the Gypsies's unbeaten run of nine competitive games (seven wins and two draws) going back to last season.


"We're happy enough with how the season has started -- two competitive games, two wins. But we want to keep that up," added Fenlon, who will make changes to the side which beat Sporting Fingal last weekend.

Three players -- Gareth McGlynn, Ruaidhri Higgins and Stephen Gray -- are cup-tied, having played for Derry earlier in the competition, while Jason Byrne is out injured, so players like Raff Cretaro and Aaron Greene could come into the side.

Glentoran make the trip to Dublin knowing they need a win if they are to have any chance of making it into the last four, and their cause is not helped by recent upheaval which saw former Northern Ireland international Alan McDonald leave as manager, to be replaced by Scott Young.

Glens man Richard Clarke believes that the Oval club can pull off a shock. "We have the belief that we can beat anyone on our day," said Clarke.

"Unfortunately, we haven't shown that enough this season but we can still do it. We have an experienced team who have been through this type of games before."


Meanwhile, St Pats make the trip north to face Linfield, knowing that a win may be needed to seal a place in the semi-finals.

"Going to Windsor Park is a great football occasion," said Saints boss Pete Mahon. "Linfield are a club with a fantastic tradition; the two legs give it a real cup-tie atmosphere and I for one am really looking forward to it".

"We showed in the first game that we can match them, so we'll be going up to try to win, and if we are to give ourselves any chance of winning we will need to maintain the performance we gave in the second half at Richmond Park for the whole of the 90 minutes."


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