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IT'S 25 years since a Cork club won the FAI Cup. It's five years since CORK CITY picked up the gongs that go with winning the National League Championship.

But today City find themselves in the semi-finals of the Harp Lager Cup and lying third behind Shelbourne and St Patrick's in the Premier Division.

Cork are seven points below second-placed ST PATRICK'S but that gap will be almost halved if Cork can put one across visiting St Pat's this afternoon.

Cork's target is also realistic. They're on a roll just now while Richmond Park has been a place of doom and gloom since last Monday's Cup defeat by Shelbourne.

St Pat's must perform today minus the injured Willie Burke and Paul Osam plus the suspended Eddie Gormley. Then there's Keith Doyle who will be otherwise occupied training with the Republic's Under-18s in preparation for Wednesday's European Youth finals play-off first leg in Greece.

Cork have Colin O'Brien and Dave Hill doubtful but look more settled overall and may nick this one by a single goal.

SHAMROCK ROVERS, chasing a UEFA Cup or Intertoto Cup spot, entertain DUNDALK who have mostly been chasing shadows this season and are not yet sure of avoiding a promotion-relegation play-off. Rovers have Paul Whelan back and Dundalk expect to be at full strength. Odds of 9-4 the draw look tempting.

On the other side of Dublin, UCD - third from bottom - are home to DROGHEDA who stay bottom even if they win today.

UCD have a couple of minor injury worries. Drogheda don't have any. A match, perhaps, carrying an X certificate.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 22, 1998
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