Monday 26 September 2016

Crumlin relish 'fairytale' Cup clash

John Fallon

Published 30/07/2016 | 02:30

Crumlin manager Martin Loughran. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Crumlin manager Martin Loughran. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Crumlin United have lost two of their stars since scalping Finn Harps in the last round but won't be overawed by facing the holders Dundalk in the third round of the FAI Cup.

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The Leinster Senior League side and FAI Intermediate Cup holders would like to use Richmond Park for the tie but, as St Patrick's Athletic were drawn against Limerick, that clash may result in home advantage being surrendered.

"Playing at Oriel Park wouldn't bother us as we play on astroturf ourselves in Crumlin," said manager Martin Loughran.

"From the club's point of view, it's great to get the top team in the country to see where we are. It might not be the ideal draw but it's a fairytale

"Dundalk are at their pinnacle at the moment.

"They're the top club in the country and we see ourselves as one of the best intermediate clubs, even through we're only back in pre-season training.

"We'll give it a go and see what happens."

Greg Moorhouse, whose late winner knocked Premier Division Harps out, has joined Glenavon while former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple also moved over the off-season to Bohemians.

"We've had to try replace them, which isn't easy. I'll put my head on the block and say Shane is probably the best goalkeeper in Ireland at present."

One notable addition to their cause is Keith Fahey.

The former Ireland international has been coaching in Crumlin's famed underage set-up but may provide support to the senior fold by the time their big day arrives next month.

"Sean O'Connor is already helping us out and he knows Stephen Kenny well," noted Loughran.

Three all-Premier Division ties resulted from the draw made by Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. Last year's beaten finalists, Cork City, travel to face Longford Town, Bohemians host Derry City while Sligo Rovers make the long trip to Wexford Youths.

First Division high-flyers Limerick will fancy themselves to cause an upset when they visit Richmond Park for a meeting with the 2014 winners.

Shamrock Rovers, aiming for their first FAI Cup since 1987, will be favourites to prevail against First Division strugglers Athlone Town in the midlands.

Local rivalry will be intense for the meeting of two Cork sides after non-league Ringmahon Rovers were paired with Cobh Ramblers.

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