FAI Ford Cup semi-final: Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Derry City

Rory Patterson of Derry goes for the ball with Ronan Finn of Shamrock Rovers

Rory Patterson kept Derry City's hopes of reaching the FAI Cup final for the second time in three seasons alive with a late goal against Shamrock Rovers.

The former Northern Ireland striker headed in an 86th-minute equaliser for Derry who will have home advantage for Tuesday's semi-final replay.

Rovers had taken the lead on their own Tallaght Stadium pitch in the 78th minute through a Dean Kelly shot.

The winners will play St Patrick's Athletic in the final on 2 November.

Semi-final facts
Shamrock Rovers have won the FAI Cup a record 24 times
Derry last won the cup in 2012, beating St Pat's 3-2 after extra-time
City striker Rory Patterson has five Northern Ireland caps
Rovers manager Pat Fenlon scored the winning goal for Shelbourne in the 2000 final against Bohemians
Derry City boss Peter Hutton won three FAI Cup medals as a player with the club

St Pat's booked their place in the Aviva Stadium showpiece by hammering Finn Harps 6-1 earlier in the day.

Derry's best crack at the Shamrock Rovers goal in the first half came early on when Michael Duffy's strong shot was turned away by home keeper Barry Murphy.

It was a cagey match with both sides exercising a cautious approach but it finally came alive when Rovers substitute broke the deadlock.

A ball in from the right by former City man Simon Madden came off Derry midfielder Philip Lowry and Kelly's shot found the net although keeper Gerard Doherty got a touch on it.

It looked like Rovers were going to get their first ever FAI Cup win over Derry - until Patterson headed in the late leveller.

City substitute Mark Timlin delivered a corner from the right and Patterson met it at the near post with a glancing header which went in off the far upright.

Derry, cup winners in 2012, almost snatched a stoppage-time winner when Patterson set up Duffy but the close-range shot was superbly blocked by keeper Duffy.

Derry City manager Peter Hutton
"It was all about hanging in there and being resilient and in the end it was a great result for us. The players never gave up and showed good character. Hopefully the crowds will come out for the replay and the Brandywell will be rocking on Tuesday night."
Philip Lowry and Rory Patterson celebrate Derry's equaliser in front of dejected Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon
Philip Lowry and Rory Patterson celebrate Derry's equaliser in front of dejected Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon

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