Finn Harps defeated Derry City and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Irish FAI Cup, where they will host Dundalk. It was their fourth consecutive victory, counting 5 matches without defeat. The match with Derry was a classic North-South derby, with a very fast pace, and the match was judged by Ogolambi’s penalty kick in the 74th minute. Coach Horgan has key absence for these match against the current champions. Out of the squad due to various reasons are Seymore (24/1), Boyle (22/1), O’Sullivan (21/2), Boyd (17/1 suspended), McEleney (15/0), and Timlin (3/0).
Shamrock Rovers suffered a third consecutive defeat, this time away to Bohemians and was eliminated from the Irish FAI Cup. It was a classic Dublin derby, where both teams finishing the match with 10 players. Bohemians looked better, but Shamrock had the biggest chances, and two times hit the crossbar. They failed to grab their Conference League ticket, as they were eliminated by Flora, and now their full attention is to the Premier Division. They hold the leading spot, having three points more than second-placed St. Patricks, but with two games less. The champions are the favourites and have the imperative of victory to boost their morale and back on the winning way. Also, the tradition in their mutual matches at Finn Park is in favor of the guests winning the last 8 consecutive matches in all competitions.