Crumlin win gave Cobh Aviva belief- Wanderers manager talks FAI Intermediate Cup
By thejuniorsoccerportal | on April 19, 2017 |
Defeating reigning back to back champions Crumlin in Pearse Park gave Cobh Wanderers the belief they could go all the way in this years FAI Intermediate Cup according the the Cork sides manager.
However, defeating a side that is challenging for the title in the top tier for the Leinster Senior League and following it up by knocking out two other Senior Sunday sides in Killester and Greystones doesn’t mean Micheal Deasey is over looking the challenge of third tier Intermediate side Liffey Wanderers.
The manager, who set an Intermediate Cup winning target when he took over in July, keeps tabs on all things LSL and Dublin football and is well aware of the challenge John Young’s cup and promotion specialists bring.
Indeed the Cobh boss has been to see Wanderers in the flesh and was impressed with what he saw.
“When I was asked to manage the team in July I set them the target of the Intermediate Cup in the Aviva Stadium. I knew the quality we had and the work ethic these lads have is unbelievable. Now we are getting the rewards with a trip to the Aviva,” Deasey told the JSP before claiming his side will have to produce if they want to pick up the prestigious cup.
“We face a very good Liffey Wanderers side in the final, we are aware of that. We will have to be at our best to win the trophy.”
Wanderers, who got promoted via a play off last year yet are well in the race for the Munster Senior League this season, didn’t have easy passage to the final.
Indeed they had to play reigning champions Crumlin, who knocked them out the year previous in Pearse Park and managed to come away with victory despite finishing the game with 9 men.
That win, claims the boss, instilled real belief in his side and rubber stamped a belief they could compete with the best Intermediate Cup had to offer.
“We did have a easy first round win against Casement, the second round was a tough draw away to Leeds, always a tough place to go but we got the job down.
“Then in the open draw we got a home tie versus Sacred Heart. We drew at home, which was actually a good thing as it enabled us go to Dublin and win. We won 4-2 which is never easy for a Cork side in Dublin.
“The fourth round saw a very good display versus Killester, but it’s the quarter final game I will never forgot. To beat the champions Crumlin in the own back yard was amazing. Winning 3-2 with nine men showed a lot. That result along with the Killester game gave us the belief we could go all the way to the final and reach the Aviva,” he continued before discussing the semi final win.
“We were handed another away draw in Wicklow v Greystones and again on an astro pitch. They a very well organised side that don’t conceded a lot of goals. We felt we had the better chances so we were confident ahead of the replay at home.
“We also welcomed back our captain Conor Meade for the replay. It was a tense game with us again having best chances but without the all important goal. Luckily Alan O’Flynn popped up with late winner to send us on our way to the final.”
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