Valley ready for historic date

by Gazette Reporter

RIVERVALLEY Rangers will hopefully enjoy the biggest day of their 35 year history this Sunday when they face St Peter’s in the FAI Junior Cup quarter-final.
Stephen Doran’s exciting young group will welcome the high-flying Athlone side to the AUL but look to send them back to the Midlands empty handed and broken hearted come 3pm Sunday afternoon.
Peter’s are leading the Senior Division of the Combined Counties league and Doran suggests they are team of similar ilk to his own.
“They’re a quick side who play really good football,” he said. “They play brave football, similar to ourselves in their passing and pressing style. It should be a fantastic game of football.”
The Swords outfit are currently leading their own league in AUL Premier B, and go into their massive cup tie on the back of a 6-0 win over bottom of the pile Ashbourne last weekend.
“It was a really good performance,” Doran said of the Friday night rout. “We got back to ourselves after a defeat in the cup a week earlier.
“We returned to our normal passing and pressing game and quick play. It was good to get a win and now everybody is looking forward to Sunday.”
With a win taking them another step closer to that Aviva Stadium final, as well as the TV cameras being present at the AUL this weekend with highlights of the game being shown in the days that follow, Doran was asked if he notices any tension or pressure amongst his group.
“No, I wouldn’t say there’s any pressure there at all,” was his sharp reply.
“There’s been no pressure on us since we started in this competition.
“We’ve been underdogs in the rounds of the latter stages and we’ll be underdogs again come Sunday. The game and the contest does have a certain feel to it but I wouldn’t call it pressure or say anyone is particularly nervous.
“The home draw is massive,” he added. “It’s the club’s biggest day in our 35-year history and I would love and appreciate if as many people from the Rivervalley area come out and support us. It would mean a lot to the players and could help us out on the day.
“St Peter’s run in this competition this season has seen them on the road for most of it and they’ve done well. They won’t fear anything coming to Dublin but a massive home crowd would certainly benefit our lads.”

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