Glenville’s plum draw

by Karl Graham
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GLENVILLE FC’s 20th anniversary has been made even more special after the LSL Senior Sunday 1 side were drawn against League of Ireland Premier Division side Shamrock Rovers in the first round of the FAI Senior Cup at Tallaght Stadium.
The non-league side will take to the pitch against Ireland’s most successful club during the weekend of August 13 in a game that will be perfect preparation for the start of their league campaign the following weekend.
“Obviously, we are delighted,” Glenville manager Wayne Kelly told GazetteSport. “It’s funny that it has coincided with the 20th anniversary of the club. It’s nearly on the same weekend and something special could be destined to happen.
“It is a great achievement for everybody at the club and hopefully we can go there, put on a good show and give a good account of ourselves.
“Also, without being too blunt, it will make money for the club and funding the club for this season and possibly next season.”
Glenville will, naturally, be massive underdogs going into the game but Kelly knows that anything can happen when it comes to cup competitions.
“You’ve always got a chance. Obviously, we are massive underdogs but on any given day, anything can happen so there is always that chance that something can go your way or they may not turn up on the day. If the footballing gods are shining down on us maybe something good can happen but it would be highly unlikely.”
The experience will be a first for many of Genville’s young squad and, for some, may be the only chance they get to play such opposition.
“We will just tell them to enjoy it. A lot of them will probably [never experience it again]. We still have a very young team so you would hope there are some players there who are only slightly short of playing at a better level than what we are at – not to be disrespectful to the LSL.
“We have a couple of players who have scored in the Europa League only a few years ago and are not too old but for whatever reason are not playing at that level anymore but for the majority of the squad, they’ll probably never get another opportunity to play in front of a crowd in a stadium like that again.”
Whatever happens in the game, it is a great chance for the Glenville players to pick up a massive confidence boost as they go in search of promotion back to the LSL’s top division.
“As a manager, that is a huge factor for me coming into the start of our season and with this game being a week before the season.
“Not that our lads would ever shy away from training.
“But that extra competitiveness amongst the squad can only be good for our preparation for the start of the season.”

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