SHERIFF YC manager Mark Quigley says his side don’t fear anybody as they prepare to find out their opponents in the quarter-finals of the FAI Junior Cup next week.
Sheriff travelled to Wexford to take on Gorey Rangers in the last 16 over the weekend and came out with a 2-0 win thanks to Anthony ‘Bisto’ Flood’s brace.
It was the previous round’s clash with Pike Rovers – who lost on penalties at the Aviva in last year’s final – that most pleased the young manager.
A man down and a goal down early doors, a young Sheriff side rallied to draw 2-2 and went through on penalties, and showed Quigley they have the mettle to rival past sides.
“We’ve been comfortable in a lot of games but we needed a game where we were up against it with our backs to the wall and a bit of adversity,” Quigley tells the Dublin Gazette.
“That was the last round of the FAI Junior where we played Pike at home. They took the lead and we had a player sent off.
“That was something I wanted to see, especially with the new lads, if there was that bit of character there.
“We came through and played basically the full game with ten men, took the lead and beat them on penalties.
“That was a game we needed to see, and I’m glad I saw it early enough in the season to see the lads have that character.”
The former St Pats striker had enough confidence in the mixture of youth and experience he started the season with that he didn’t bring in any new players in the transfer window.
He’s only had to take to the field once himself, early in the season, when injuries and holidays meant Flood, Darren ‘Wacker’ Dunne and Keith Rickard were all unavailable.
The 33-year-old is enjoying his role off the playing field and the pressure of managing junior football’s biggest club appears to sit easily with him.
“We’ve eight games left in the league and if we win our eight games we win the league. That’s the way I look at it.
“That’s what I’ve been putting into the lads’ minds and, to be fair, they’ve seen it and done it.
“There’s a lot of experience in the team.”