GRAND Hotel Malahide head coach Sean Ingle is anticipating an electric atmosphere in Malahide Community School this Sunday afternoon as his team host EJ Sligo All Stars in the opening round of the President’s National Cup.
The newly formed Fingal team have made a fantastic start to life in Division 1 of the National League, winning both of their opening games, and the ambitious Ingle is hoping that his side’s cup debut can yield similar results.
“We’re very happy with the start we have made to the season, winning both of our games, and although us coaches like to nit-pick and point at the mistakes made we have to be pleased with how things have gone so far.
“Our second match in the league against Ulster University was tougher than our first and I expect Sunday’s cup game against Sligo to be a step up once more. They are a very good side with a few experienced pros in their ranks and we are going to have to be on our A game if we want to get through.
“We are excited that we will finally have a full home crowd to cheer us on and we are expecting them to make plenty of noise and help us out when we need them.
“So far we have only been allowed to fill the stands to 60% capacity, but thanks to the easing of Covid regulations the game on Sunday will be 100% full.
“As I said it will be a tough match, but one thing that has pleased me so far this season is the nice spread of scorers we have had. We don’t rely on any one guy to get our scores and that can make it kind of difficult for opposition analysts to stop us.
“We kind of share the ball and play that extra pass to open up the other team and any one of the boys can make telling contributions on any given day.
“Both sides will have had a couple of weeks off by the time we play our game on Sunday, so we will all be well rested and raring to go and there can be no excuses for either team.
“I love the set-up of the National Cup as it is a straight knockout, and the pressure is really on to deliver and perform, otherwise you are out of the competition.
“Everybody at the club is looking forward to it and hopefully we can do ourselves proud.
“I have to give a mention to everybody doing their bit behind the scenes to get everything ready for match days. There is a real sense of community in our club and a lot of great people doing trojan work that goes unnoticed.
“Hopefully we can put a smile on their faces this weekend when we face Sligo.”