City nominated for greatest FAI Cup Final award

Launch of Ford's Greatest Ever FAI Cup Final Campaign, Spirit Ford, 'Pictured at the launch of Ford's Greatest Ever FAI Cup Final campaign was Derry City manager Declan Devine.t �INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Launch of Ford's Greatest Ever FAI Cup Final Campaign, Spirit Ford, 'Pictured at the launch of Ford's Greatest Ever FAI Cup Final campaign was Derry City manager Declan Devine.t �INPHO/Morgan Treacy
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Derry City feature twice in a list of the top 10 best ever FAI Cup finals complied by tournament sponsors, Ford.

And League of Ireland fans have been urged to get voting for their favourite.

The shortlisted matches, which were selected with help from the Irish media, includes 10 cup classics.

Current FAI Cup holders, Derry hold two places on the shortlist, firstly as Cup winners in 2006 as they defeated St. Pat’s Athletic (4-3) in a seven goal thriller, played in atrocious conditions at the old Lansdowne Road. After a scoreless first half the contest simply got better and better as the afternoon wore on.

It was 2-2 after 90 minutes after which Sean O’Connor put the Dubliners in front.

Peter Hutton pulled City back level, though, before an own goal by Stephen Brennan ensured it would be Derry’s day as Stephen Kenny signed off in style before departing for Dunfermline.

The ‘Candy Stripes’ also featured in the 2008 finale, which was a game that had goals, controversial penalty calls and the drama of a shootout to decide the destination of the Cup, which went to Bohemians as they overcame Derry 4-2 on penalties, following a 2-2 draw after 120 minutes. Other games to make the list were the 1935 final, a seven goal thriller between Bohemians and Dundalk, with the ‘Gypsies’ coming away winners in the joint highest scoring final to date.

The next match on the poll was Shamrock Rovers’ 3-2 comeback win over Cork Athletic in 1956. Miah Dennehy became the first player to score a hat-trick in the 1972 final as Cork Hibernians ended Waterford’s hope of a double with a memorable 3-0 win.

1983 was the turn of Sligo Rovers as Harry McLoughlin ended his sides’ cup hoodoo with a 2-1 win over Bohemians.

The following year, saw one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history as UCD triumphed over Shamrock Rovers in 1984. 1990 saw Bray as Cup champions as John Ryan’s superb hat trick ended St Francis’ hopes with a 3-0 win.

The 1996 finale saw Shelbourne come from behind to defeat St Pat’s 2-1.

The final game to make the top 10 was a very entertaining 0-0 draw between Sligo and Shamrock Rovers, in front of 36,000 fans at the Aviva Stadium in 2010.