ST MOCHTA’S boss Brian McCarthy says his side is relishing the chance to potentially cause another huge shock in the FAI Intermediate Cup quarter-finals when they take on Tolka Rovers this Friday night at 7.45pm in Frank Cooke Park.
To date, the Porterstown Road club has seen off Lucan United, Celbridge Town, Dublin University and Buncrana side Cockhill Celtic but now face their stiffest test against a side that ply their trade two divisions above them in the LSL rankings.
Nonetheless, having endured just one defeat in all competitions this season, McCarthy says his Mochta’s side are ready for anything. It has been quite a journey for his team since he took on the manager’s role 16 months ago but the distance they have travelled makes this big night out a well deserved one.
“We need to think back. I took over in October two years ago when the side were second bottom of Division 1B,” he told GazetteSport. “We happened to get promoted from there and then have kicked on since, losing only once all season and are still in all of the cup competitions and in with a chance of getting promoted in the league. I just think it’s great for the club and the players.”
He says that promotion from LSL Sunday Senior 1A is the primary objective for the season but quarter-final dates like these are a rarity and McCarthy is hoping to savour it.
“There are so many good teams in the LSL and no one gave us a chance in the last round against Cockhill and we beat them comfortably. On our day, we can be good enough but it is an uphill challenge against a very good Tolka Rovers team.
“But we have a lot of quality too with [League of Ireland legend] Glenn Crowe and John Reilly [formerly of UCD and Monaghan]; Craig Sheridan and Jordan Lancaster. We are going there to get a result. We are underdogs but, realistically, like Cockhill no one gave us a chance.”
He will be without cup-tied duo Brian Kelly and Mark Osborne. The team will be going into the game on a high having beaten Senior One side Peamount/Moyle Park 1-0 in the Metropolitan Cup after extra time.
And, whatever happens, McCarthy is assured of a great support from the club: “One thing the club has now is it is one club. It’s not seniors and then schoolboys; we all support each other. There will be a great crowd and we will give it everything we have and see what happens.”