St Mochta’s FC’s manager Brian McCarthy believes his team has nothing to lose when they face Airtricity League giants Cork City next month.
His West Dublin team will face a fierce reception at Turner’s Cross when they play the Leesiders in the FAI Ford Cup second round on the weekend ending June 8.
John Caulfield’s side are fourth in the SSE Airtricity League table having lost just two of their opening 11 league games, and have won the competition twice before in 1998 and 2007.
But with former League of Ireland players Rocko Reilly, Paul McNally and Glen Crowe – who has bagged 28 goals so far this season – in his arsenal, McCarthy believes his side has every chance of causing an upset.
“It is the easiest team-talk I will have to give this season,” he said. “We have nothing to lose going down there, and they have everything to lose.
“We’re over the moon about the draw. It’s a big day out for the team and our supporters who have been great all season.
“Cork City is a huge club and they usually bring a very big crowd down to home games, which should add to the occasion.”
The Clonsilla outfit, established in 1949, are currently sixth in the LSL Senior Sunday Division 1A league on 40 points with three matches left.
A goal deep into injury-time from Craig Sheridan gave Mochta’s a thrilling 4-3 home league win over Dunboyne AFC last weekend.
Gavin Smith opened the scoring in the fifth minute, while further goals from Jordan Lancaster and a last-minute own-goal set up a dramatic finale that saw Sheridan head the winner and the visitors reduced to 10 men.
That result means if McCarthy’s side win their three remaining league games, they will be promoted to Division 1.
“It has been a cracking season for us so far,” he said. “The lads have been fantastic as last weekend’s win over Dunboyne showed.
“Our focus is primarily on the league; that is our bread and butter. This cup draw with Cork is a bonus and I’m delighted for the club, the team and the supporters.”
Next week, the Dublin 15 club are contesting two semi-finals.
The first is on Sunday at home to Broadford Rovers in the George Moore Cup at 11am, and the second is on Thursday against St James’ Gate in the Joe Gilligan Cup at the Iveagh Grounds kicking-off at 7.45pm.