Collinstown’s Dean Carpenter on the attack against Tolka Rovers earlier in the Leinster Junior Cup this season. Picture: Gillian O’Reilly

COLLINSTOWN FC manager Kevin Carroll is confident his side can come away with victory as they prepare for their biggest game of the season against Sheriff YC in the Leinster Junior Cup final at Tolka Park on Sunday.
His side have already landed the LSL Major 1 Sunday title in their debut season following the switch from the AUL, and also recently made the final of the Polikoff cup.
However, the match against Sheriff is the one they really want to win as they look get their hands on the trophy for the second time in three years.
“As a young club, we want to play in the big cups against the best teams, and that is what is going to happen on Sunday,” Carroll told GazetteSport. “Everyone is looking forward to it because you always play your best football against the best teams so everybody just can’t wait at this stage.”
Collinstown and Sheriff have already met this season in an evenly-matched FAI Junior Cup fourth round tie that the latter won 4-3 after a late strike from Paul Murphy. Sheriff went on to win that tournament last weekend and when it was put to Carroll in jest that the players might overindulge in those celebrations, he was quick to dismiss those notions.
“I think they are too clever for that now! They have been the top side in the country for too long so I think winning the trophy on a Sunday then playing another final the following week won’t faze them at all because they are very professional in what they do.
“Especially coming up against us because we know them well and always have cracking games.”
Collinstown reached the final thanks to a 4-1 win over Navan Cosmos in the previous round but it is performances in previous games with Sheriff that gives Carroll confidence.
“In all the games we have played against them down the years, we have always pushed them. We have probably been one of their closest rivals in the AUL over the last few years so with the way we have been playing this year and the way we are set up to play, we fancy our chances.
“We are going in with a positive attitude for a good game of football because, as I said, we are going to play the best team in the country.”
Carroll also revealed that he will resist any urge to change how they play going into the final. “Obviously, it is the biggest cup in Leinster so the team talk will be a small bit different but nothing else will be different.
“We will go into it the same way we have played every game this year. We want to get the ball down and play. When we don’t have it we will try to get behind the ball.
“We won’t throw anything different in just because it is a big final, we want to play the game rather than the occasion.”


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