Soccer: President’s Cup sees Pat’s face Shamrock Rovers

by Aaron Dunne
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Shamrock Rovers will host St Patrick’s Athletic in the 2022 President’s Cup Final at Tallaght Stadium on Friday, February 11 it has been confirmed. 

The final, which will be contested by SSE Airtricity Premier Division Champions Shamrock Rovers and FAI Cup winners St. Patrick’s Athletic, is set to take place at Tallaght Stadium as the curtain-raiser to the 2022 season with the match live on LOITV, kicking off at 8pm.

Meanwhile, Shelbourne v St Patrick’s Athletic is set to be live on RTÉ on the opening day of the 2022 SSE Airtricity Premier Division season.

RTÉ will continue their League of Ireland coverage, across the SSE Airtricity Premier Division & the FAI Cup, in 2022 with the first two live matches confirmed.

The Dublin Derby, which will see the SSE Airtricity First Division champions host the FAI Cup winners, will be live on RTÉ2, with kick-off at 7.45pm on Friday, February 18.

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The SSE Airtricity Premier Division champions Shamrock Rovers will be live on RTÉ the following week when they travel to the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium to take on Derry.

There is much excitement around Ruaidhrí Higgins’ Candystripes after the return of Patrick McEleney and Michael Duffy, and they should provide a difficult early test for the champions on Friday, February 25 with kick-off at 7.45pm.

Elsewhere, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will welcome world No 1 ranked Belgium and Lithuania in March.

Roberto Martinez will bring his team to Dublin for a friendly on Saturday, March 26, with kick-off time TBC. Lithuania will then provide the opposition for a second international friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, March 29.

Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland side will use these games as warm-ups for the start of the UEFA Nations League campaign in June when they face Ukraine, Armenia and Scotland in four fixtures including home ties with Ukraine on Saturday, June 4th and Scotland on Saturday, June 11.

The FAI also confirmed that Ireland will play two friendly fixtures in the November international window with one of them planned to be at home.

Chris Forrester (left) and Jak Hickman of St Patrick’s Athletic celebrate with the trophy after their side’s victory over Bohemians in the FAI Cup Final

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