Football Association of Ireland President’s Cup 2021

SSE Airtricity League Logo
SSE Airtricity League Logo [References: 1]


President’s Cup 2021HTFTPensScorers (Time) – At Tallaght Stadium 12 March 2021
Shamrock Rovers(1)13Liam Scales (45)
Dundalk(1)14Sonny Nattestad (42)
[References: 2-3]


Alessio Abibi’s heroics in goal during the Penalty Shootout gained Dundalk the 2021 FAI President’s Cup after he saved two penalties in their 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Shamrock Rovers. The 10-men Lilywhites went ahead after 42 minutes of the traditional curtain-raiser to the season between the League and FAI Cup Champions, after Sonny Nattestad put them ahead, heading in a Patrick McEleny cross, only for Liam Scales to equalise for Shamrock Rovers just before half-time. Nattestad turned Villain shortly afterwards when sent off for a reckless challenge, but Rovers could not find a break-through in the 90 minutes before Abibi’s heroics in goal during the penalty shootout which Dundalk won 4-3.



[1] SSE Airtricity League (2020) SSE Airtricity League Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 11 February 2020]


[2] SSE Airtricity League (2020) President’s Cup [Internet] Available from: [Last Accessed 26 April 2021]

[3] SSE Airtricity League (2020) Highlights | Shamrock Rovers 1 Dundalk 1 (3-4 Penalties) [Internet] Available from: [Last Accessed 26 April 2021]


Thanks to Tom Gallagher.

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