Thursday 18 January 2018

Cup-tied Cash baffled by Setanta rule

Neil Ahern

ST PATRICK'S Athletic midfielder Brian Cash has criticised the rule which sees him cup-tied for tonight's Setanta Sports Cup semi-final first leg against his old club Sligo Rovers, even though the 10-minute appearance he made for the westerners in the competition occurred in October of last year.

The 27-year-old came off the bench for the Bit O Red in the Setanta Cup six months ago before moving to Inchicore during the off-season after three and a half years at the Showgrounds.

"I've missed all the Setanta games because I'm cup-tied, and I only played 10 minutes last year. It's a rule I can't get my head around to be honest," said the Dubliner.

"I can't understand it, players are bound to be moving clubs (in the off-season), I can't see how it's fair. It should be a clean slate from the year before.

"It's a semi-final of a cup. It's hopefully going to be a packed house here and another full house down on Saturday so it's a sickener to be missing it really.

"(Sligo) played Cliftonville away last year, and I came on for about 10 minutes and that's done me. Paul (Cook) has been slagging me about it ever since. He must have seen it coming!"

Pete Mahon, meanwhile, believes tonight's clash could be crucial to how his Saints side fare for the rest of the season as they attempt to bounce back from their first league defeat of the year, to Drogheda on Friday night.

"This is the acid test for us now. We all sing when we're winning, but a sign of a good team is how we react to a defeat," said the former UCD boss.

"It was a great chance for us to go four points ahead. It would have given us a bit of a cushion there, but we've got to get ready for the Setanta Sports Cup now. We've two difficult games coming up against Sligo."

Irish Independent

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