Saturday 25 May 2019

Limerick skipper eyeing quarter-final scalp against the champions-elect

Limerick's Shane Duggan. Photo: Sportsfile
Limerick's Shane Duggan. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Limerick are looking to learn from the lessons of last Friday as they attempt to produce an FAI Cup shock in tonight's quarter-final meeting with Dundalk at Markets Field.

The Shannonsiders pushed Stephen Kenny's side all the way in a tightly contested league meeting before a late Michael Duffy strike gave the league leaders victory.

Dundalk will make the same journey as the clear favourites to advance to the final four.

But Limerick skipper Shane Duggan is positive after improving on previous performances against the Lilywhites in their near miss.

"Last week's performance gives us belief," says Duggan.

"We know that, once again, everybody has to be 100 percent at it and concentrate for the full 90 minutes. Hopefully, we will get the bit of luck needed too.

"I think in all big games, especially in a competition like the FAI Cup, you need that rub of the green if you are to get through.

"It was an encouraging display (last week). We had worked on the game-plan during the week about maybe sitting off them a bit more and hitting them on the counter. I thought it worked for us - we maybe could have created a few more opportunities on the break. But we frustrated them for most of the game.

"The mood has been positive in the camp this week. I know we didn't get the three points last week but we were missing a lot of players, and we were up against the best team in the country. They didn't come down and batter or steamroll us."

Meanwhile, UCD midfielder Gary O'Neill is relishing the chance to shock Waterford when they visit Belfield.

UCD are within touching distance of promotion from the First Division and the Kerryman spoke on the LOI Weekly podcast about the positive aspect of this test.

"It's a break from the pressures of the league," he said. "It's a good test of us. If we want to be around that level next season, it's good to see where we're at."

Promotion playoff contenders Longford host Cork City in the televised game with the holders bidding to bounce back from a crushing league loss to Sligo Rovers last week.

"The only way to get over that is to bounce back in your next game and deal with it properly," said manager John Caulfield.

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