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Remembering The Last Taste Of Cup Glory For Pats And Bohs

Remembering The Last Taste Of Cup Glory For Pats And Bohs

The FAI Cup Final will kick off today at 4pm. St Patrick's Athletic versus Bohemians. Dublin 8 v Dublin 7.

We take a brief look back to the last time these two sides hoisted the trophy.

Bohs last FAI Cup win- 2008

It was the last time Bohs won the cup, the last time they even made a final, and the last great Bohs side.

They were lead by club legend and captain Owen Heary at fullback, with a team that featured stars such as Glen Crowe, Jason Byrne, and Killian Brennan.

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They won the double that year having beaten out second place St. Patrick’s Athletic by 19 points, the largest margin of victory this century and their 85 points total was the highest points total until Dundalk broke the record in 2018.

They swept aside non-leaguers Drogheda Town and then Drogheda United in the fourth and third rounds of the FAI Cup, before dispatching of Wayside Celtic and St. Pats to make it to showpiece in the RDS.

It was also the last year the final would be played in the Royal Dublin Showgrounds, its goalposts reminiscent of plastic ones an 8 year old would get for Christmas.

Derry City were there opponents and provided them with a stern test and a match worthy of a final, with the game going to penalties.

Derry went one nil after a free-kick screamer from Sam Morrow before Bohs retaliated with two goal in six minutes. Morrow would equalise and send the game to extra-time.

Brian Murphy was the hero saving two of Derry’s penalties, allowing the Lithuanian Mindaugas Kalonas to seal the win with his spot kick.

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St Pat's last FAI Cup win - 2014

Fast-forward six years and we are back at Landsdowne Road where St. Patrick’s Athletic battled it out, again with Derry City.

These were the heady days of Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk years, and Pats had only managed a third place finish in the league that year, finishing behind the Lilywhites and Cork City.

En route to the final, Patrick’s faced off against their namesake's St. Patrick’s Catholic Youth Football Club, before edging Shelbourne one nil in a third round replay.

They beat out Bohs in the quarter-final in a 3-2 thriller and thumped Finn Harps 6-1 in the semis to set up a meeting with the Candystripes.

Derry’s advantage of wearing their home kit made little difference as Pats ran out 2-0 winners, albeit with two rather strange goals from Christy Fagan.

The first was a scuffed shot that snailed past the Derry defence and in, the second was an horrendous mistake from captain Barry Molloy that allowed Fagan to put it to bed in the 94th minute.

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