GIANT killing is on the minds of Liffey Valley Rangers’ Saturday side this weekend as they look to book their place in the semi-final of the Leinster Junior Cup.
Saturday afternoon will mark the biggest day in Rangers’ club history, at least at senior level, as they host East Wall Bessborough in the quarter-final of the Leinster Football Association’s junior tournament.
Valley, who occupy LSL Saturday Division 2, have a mountainous challenge on their hands facing AUL Premier A side East Wall, but having knocked out Cherry Orchard in the previous round, the Ballyowen outfit will feel they have nothing to lose.
Speaking to GazetteSport ahead of the fixture, Deane Forte of Valley’s management team could barely hide his excitement. “I’m buzzing for it at this stage to be honest,” he said.
“I can’t wait. It’s what you want to be doing in football, isn’t it? Playing against the top teams. The lads are all raring to go – you can see it in training they can’t wait so it should be a great occasion.”
On the task at hand, the Valley gaffer is under no illusions about the task of facing a top tier AUL side but is certainly not frightened going into the game. “We’re at home, that’s the main thing,” he said. “We can just go out there and play our game. They’re expected to beat us and on paper they probably should but football isn’t played on paper. But no one expected us to beat Cherry Orchard in the last round and we did. So who’s to say we can’t beat East Wall?”
Forte, who only joined the Valley set-up midway through the season is calling for locals to get out to Ballyowen Park on Saturday to support his side.
He said: “You want a huge local crowd, and for a club like Liffey Valley with so many teams, we should really attract one and I hope that’s the case. The lads deserve it for the run they’ve gone through.”
The area can boast two local sides in the quarter-finals this weekend as Valley’s neighbours Collinstown face Willow Park in Ballyowen on Friday night. Although many would have loved to see the two sides meet at this stage, the Rangers manager hasn’t ruled out a local derby just yet.
“In a perfect world we would beat East Wall then draw Collinstown in the semi-final, which would guarantee a Clondalkin team the final,” he said.
“That would be fantastic. Obviously I’d rather it be us to reach the final if it got to that though! But seriously, between ourselves and Collinstown, huge opportunities for young kids and adults to play football in this area are provided and provided well. So for two of us to meet would be great for the area.”