GARETH MAHER - Friday, October 15, 2010
Ryan Guy and St. Patrick's Athletic put their league duties to the side as they take on Shamrock Rovers in the semi-finals of the FAI Ford Cup on Sunday.
Shamrock Rovers - St. Patrick's Athletic
This is the big one for the Saints, the trophy that their supporters want more than any other as it has been 49 years since they last proved to be victorious.
Guy is fully aware of that barren run ahead of Sunday's journey across Dublin to face city rivals Rovers at Tallaght Stadium and it is something that he wants to change.
The San Diego native, who has scored nine goals this season, could play a key role for Pete Mahon's team as they attempt to exploit Rovers' stuttering form, where they have lost four of their last five games.
With only Damian Lynch suspended and Gareth Coughlan out injured, the Saints have almost a full roster to choose from so that may see Guy deployed out wide on the right wing.
Rovers are missing Craig Sives and Danny Murphy through suspension, while Pat Sullivan, Dan Murray and Sean O'Connor are all marked absent due to knee injuries.
Twenty years ago Mahon led St. Francis to the FAI Cup final and he will be hoping to do the same with St. Pat's, who have finished as runners-up in the competition seven times, while only winning it twice.
Longford Town - Waterford United
It has been a frustrating few months for Konopka as he has failed to displace first-choice keeper Kevin Burns in the Waterford starting line-up and time is running out for him to break back into the team.
Head coach Stephen Henderson rates the New Jersey shot-stopper very highly, although Burns' play has made it difficult for the former Cobh Ramblers boss to make a change.
This game acts as another opportunity for Konopka to play as Waterford chase their 18th win of the season and attempt to stay in the hunt for automatic promotion from the First Division.
Alan Carey is the only player missing for the Blues as he is forced to serve a one-match ban, while Longford are missing Philip Byrne for the same reason.