Mahon's appetite whetted by Mals' trip to Brandywell
Published 29/07/2014 | 05:32
FRIDAY saw the FAI Ford Senior Cup third-round draw take place and Malahide United scooped a glamour tie.
Their reward for beating Munster SL side Mayfield United is a trip to The Brandywell to face League of Ireland Premier Division team Derry City.
Pete Mahon, who will step into his first full season as Malahide manager, was happy with the draw and is looking forward to seeing some old friends on Foyleside.
'It will be a great experience for our players. A lot of the lads wouldn't be too familiar with the League of Ireland - they play most Friday nights and I'm always banging on about how good the league is, and now they have the opportunity to see first-hand against one of the best sides in the country.
'They are a club I always like going back up to. It'll be nice to meet up with Peter Hutton - he's an individual I have a lot of time for.'
Not only will his Malahide side be facing a highly experienced side - they won the FAI Cup two years ago - the Derry fans are real diehards and will provide a fantastic atmosphere for the fixture.
'My experience of going up there with Bohs, UCD and Pats was always positive. We had good some good wins up there when we might not have been expected to win, but after the game I found everyone to be appreciative and respectful.
'They are great fans and very knowledgeable fans and they are a club steeped in great history and pride.'
Mals are two weeks into pre-season training and Mahon says there is a lot of pressure on both him and his team to perform this year.
'There's a bit of responsibility on me as it's my first full season in charge. I've got to make sure I do a good job and get the best out of what I have.'
The former St Pat's boss has added some real experience to his team in former Sunderland FA Youth Cup winner Niall McArdle. The Malahide native represented Ireland at U-16 and U-19 level.
'He took 18 months out to get his degree and now he has finished that he's come back and wants to play football. That's fantastic for us,' said Mahon.
He has also acquired former Bray Wanderers player Jamie McGlynn and Michael Scott from UCD.
The Gannon Park outfit will have to hit the ground running over the next couple of weeks, with the cup tie scheduled for the week ending August 24th.