Lucan avoid big guns as Doyle welcomes home tie

by Dave Donnelly

LUCAN United’s first appearance in the FAI Cup in seven years had thrown up a home tie with fellow Leinster Senior League side Killester Donnycarney.

The West Dublin club began last season two tiers below Killester but, after sealing a league and cup double, manager John Doyle is confident they can cause an upset.

As the second-lowest ranking of the ten intermediate sides left in the draw, there was no such thing as an easy draw but home advantage is always a big factor in these games.

Lucan themselves were stunned when they fell to a 6-1 defeat away to Collinstown in the last 16 of the FAI Intermediate Cup and were perhaps relieved not to draw them again.

“It’s an all non-league tie so we’re happy enough,” Doyle told the Dublin Gazette.

“It’s all you can ask for. It’s nice to get the big boys but if you’re not going to get them, at least a home draw. Both teams will be only back for pre-season.

“If you get a League of Ireland team, they’re in the middle of their season and you’re only starting your pre-season, so it’s difficult.

“Killester did well last year in the top division so it’s going to be tough for us but we’ll take the home draw and see how we get on. We haven’t played them in a few years.

“We’ll give it a good go – it’ll be a tough match. We’ll give a good account of ourselves. We had a good season last year and will hopefully continue that on.”

It’s been a short summer for Doyle’s squad whose season was stretched to the end of May due to their cup successes and a delayed cup qualifier against Aisling Annacotty.

The group returned to pre-season training on Tuesday night and Doyle expects all of last season’s squad to stay on board and to strengthen in a couple of areas.

“We’re looking at two or three in and that’s it. Everybody seems to still be there so far. We’ll take it from there and see how everybody is after their couple of weeks off.

“We haven’t really had long off because we didn’t finish until the end of May.

“We haven’t had much of a break so hopefully the lads aren’t too unfit. Most of them go to the gym and stuff.

“There’s always clubs sniffing around players but, so far, everyone wants to have another go next year.

“After winning the league and winning the cup, we want to see if we can get promoted again into the top division.

“They’re a good bunch of lads and they got on well together.

“A lot of them are probably saying to themselves, ‘I’m enjoying it there so I’ll give it another season’.

“Hopefully we’ll have a good season and can go and get promotion. That’s what we’ll be trying to do.”

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