Underdog status key for Marty

by Dave Donnelly

Cabinteely striker Kieran “Marty” Waters says his side will look to use their underdog status to their advantage when they travel to take on Premier Division Limerick in the FAI Cup on Friday.

Cabo ground their way past a stubborn Newmarket Celtic outfit in Ennis in the first round two weeks ago but face a more challenging trip back to the south-west this week.

A win over the Clare League side was far from assured going in as many of the current squad were part of the Cabo knocked out by non-league side Bluebell United last year.

Goals from Joe Doyle and Luke Clucas ensured that scenario wasn’t repeated in Ennis, and Waters hopes they can go to the Market’s Field and have a go without any expectation on their shoulders.

“That game against Bluebell was mental,” the Loughlinstown native told the Dublin Gazette.

“They were really dogged and hard to beat. We had the chances to win two games but we didn’t take them and they wound up doing the business.

“It’s the joy of the cup. The underdogs always perform. Come Friday, I hope that it’s us performing and not Limerick.”

Pat Devlin’s side haven’t performed to the level they’d have liked this season but remain on course to at least equal last season’s best-ever First Division finish in the expanded ten-team league.

With the play-offs out of reach for this season, however, Cabo can afford to put all their focus on getting into the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup for the first time – and anything can happen from there.

“We’re definitely aiming for a cup run as a huge achievement for our club. By the looks of it, we will come short of fourth place, so having a cup run would be really good.

“Limerick will be tough. They’re in the Premier Division and it’s a better league standard. We’re underdogs and I think we prefer that.

“We’ll leave nothing on the pitch. In the league, we can work on stuff for next season, but the cup is very important. I think we’ll be aiming towards that.”

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