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Sligo must beat Bohs to keep double hopes alive

FAI CUP holders Sligo Rovers will once again have to overcome Bohemians at the semi-final stage if they are to regain their trophy.

Paul Cook's double-chasing side secured a precious victory at Dalymount Park on their way to glory last year, and are bound for Phibsboro again after last night's draw.

Cash-strapped Bohs desperately need a revenue boost and, while gates are shared in the cup, they will be hoping for a big travelling support.

The Bit O'Red are joint top of the league with Shamrock Rovers -- who they knocked out of the cup at the Showgrounds last Monday night.

Meanwhile, St Patrick's Athletic will face First Division opposition as they look to book a final date and end their 50-year cup famine. They will travel to take on the winners of the outstanding quarter-final between promotion contenders Shelbourne and Limerick.

That game is yet to be played due to an impasse arising from the manner in which Shels made their way into the final eight.

Shels lost to non-league Sheriff YC, but it subsequently emerged that the unlikely victors had fielded an ineligible player. Initially, Limerick were given a bye before Shels appealed and were reinstated.

The first of the games will take place on the evening of Friday, October 14, with the second semi taking place on the afternoon of Sunday, October 16.

The order of the ties is yet to be confirmed.

Irish Independent