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St Patrick's Athletic skipper Ger O'Brien insists it's vital to finish the season with silverware

St Patrick's Athletic skipper Ger O'Brien insists it's vital to finish the season with silverware

St Patrick's Athletic skipper Ger O'Brien insists it's vital to finish the season with silverware

St Patrick's Athletic skipper Ger O'Brien says that their season will feel like a failure if they don't secure FAI Cup glory.

The Saints are hot favourites for Sunday's semi with First Division side Finn Harps at Richmond Park as they seek to end the Inchicore club's well-publicised cup famine which dates back to 1961.

O'Brien, a survivor of the team which lost the 2012 final to Derry, started off this season with hopes of retaining the league crown.

But inconsistent performances in the middle part of the season have left the Saints relying on the cup even though they are in control of third spot and a European place.

"Don't get me wrong, European football is great and you need it for budgets but it's important that you finish the season with some silverware," he says.

Horrible

"It's horrible not being in the league race. If we finish third and don't win the cup, we'll be disappointed.

"It's a big game on Sunday, a tough game. Finn Harps are underdogs but we have to perform to beat them. We can't have any mistakes, no slip-ups and please God if we do, we'll win the final. Hopefully this group will use the memories of 2012 to spur us on."

Meanwhile, league leaders Dundalk have been hit by the news that Dave McMillan will miss their remaining four games.

The striker has proved an effective supersub this term - registering 15 goals - and damaged his ankle in their win over UCD last Friday.

Elsewhere, Limerick chairman Pat O'Sullivan says they are on course to move back into their 'spiritual home' in Markets Field for the start of next season.

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O'Sullivan is aiming to make a formal announcement before their final home game with Sligo Rovers at temporary base Thomond Park on October 17.


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