Skerries walking out for their FAI Cup tie against Waterford United earlier this season

A BIG day in Skerries Town’s modern history approaches on Saturday as the north County Dublin club face Rosemount Mulvey in the Tom Carroll Cup final in Kilbarrack.

There have been some big days in the club’s senior history – most recently, the Senior Sunday side’s FAI Cup date with League of Ireland side Waterford last year – but few cup finals.

The club’s Saturday side have shrugged off some inconsistent league form to put together a run to the final of the competition contested by clubs from Major 1B to Major 1D.

Andy Healy’s side have beaten FC Transylvania, Beggsboro, Kilbarrack United and Cherryfield United on their way to the final.

And Healy, who took the reins at Skerries at the beginning of last year, hopes they can continue that good form against a Rosemount side who reached the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup.

“We’re a small club in our own right, and we’re a small club within the two with the GAA and rugby that’s there,” Healy tells the Dublin Gazette.

“It’s a massive boost for us. The club has been going from strength to strength as much as they can be in a town like Skerries. That’s both on and off the pitch, in terms of facilities for next season.

“It’s been a great run for the lads and it’s a great day for the club, as such. I won’t go into specific dates, but it’s a long time since Skerries Town have been in a cup final.

“People are seeing Skerries as a strong football outfit now, and that’s what you need in terms of attracting players and so on. Hopefully it continues.”

Skerries sit precariously fourth-from-bottom in LSL Saturday Major 1C after obtaining promotion last year, having seen a promising start dissipate with just one win in the last six months.

“We started off quite well in the league and after five or six games we were second. Then we hit a couple of very good sides and had mostly narrow defeats.

“But the boys were in a place they haven’t been while I was there – at one point we lost four games in a row.

“The cup is just a distraction and the shackles are off. There’s not as much pressure and the boys have gone out and done the business.”

Healy has seen Rosemount in action, though he admits he doesn’t know much about a side who only reformed three years ago, but is confident his team have what it takes to see the tie through.

“It’s going to be a great day and we’re planning on making a big day of it for everyone involved. We’ll see where it takes us.
“It’s up to the lads then for the 90 minutes or 120 minutes, whatever it is, to make the most of it. That you’re not going off the pitch thinking ‘I could have done this or I could have done that.’”

“It’s up to the lads then for the 90 minutes or 120 minutes, whatever it is, to make the most of it. That you’re not going off the pitch thinking ‘I could have done this or I could have done that.’”