Monday 11 November 2019

Dundalk dealt blow in treble bid as Chris Shields is ruled out of FAI Cup final through suspension

Chris Shields of Dundalk with the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division trophy following the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Dundalk and St Patrick's Athletic at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Co Louth. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Chris Shields of Dundalk with the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division trophy following the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Dundalk and St Patrick's Athletic at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Co Louth. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

John Fallon

Treble-chasing Dundalk have been dealt a major blow ahead of Sunday’s FAI Cup final with news of a suspension for Chris Shields.

The midfield powerhouse will miss the decider against Shamrock Rovers after picking up his eighth yellow card against Cork City last Friday week.

The FAI only allow an amnesty when players accumulate their fifth booking of the season.

Shields (28), alongside John Mountney, is the longest-serving player at Oriel Park, winning five league titles in that time, two FAI Cups, two EA Sports Cups and two Presidents Cups over his eight-year spell.

The Dubliner is the reigning FAI League of Ireland Player of the Year.

Dundalk are aiming to become the first club to secure a domestic treble since Derry City achieved the feat 30 years ago.

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