Friday 17 November 2017

Dundalk owe fans a big performance -- Ward

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

A HOME quarter-final against Bohemians is the prize on offer this evening as the FAI Cup fourth-round Louth derby resumes at Oriel Park.

After their 10 men secured a draw at Hunky Dorys Park on Friday night, Mick Cooke's Drogheda United will be hoping for better against Dundalk despite being away from home.

Non-league Sheriff YC have been rewarded for their heroic victory over Shelbourne on Friday with another home game against First Division opposition, with Limerick next up for the AUL champions.

St Patrick's Athletic face a tricky trip to Turner's Cross to face Cork City as Pete Mahon's men hope to end their 50-year wait for the trophy, with all ties to be played on the week ending Sunday, September 18.

But it's all eyes on the Wee County this evening, where Dundalk midfielder Keith Ward wants his side to put in a performance against their local rivals, who have caused them plenty of problems in the league this season despite their lowly position.

"We haven't really put it up to them this season," he said. "We owe the fans a performance. We need a big cup run. We haven't been performing in the league, there have been too many draws, so if we can get a big win against Drogheda it will push us on."

Drogheda are without the suspended Stephen Quigley, but Peter McMahon returns. Marc Griffin and Ross Gaynor are Dundalk doubts.

Verdict: Home win

FAI Ford Cup quarter-final draw

Dundalk/Drogheda United v Bohemians

Cork City v St Patrick's Ath

Monaghan United/Sligo Rovers v Shamrock Rovers/UCD

Sheriff YC v Limerick

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