Inchicore Athletic’s players will leave it all on the Richmond Park pitch to ensure a dream tie doesn’t become a nightmare tonight, suggests the LSL side’s chairman Michael O’Shea.
A host of the Intermediate third tier outfit’s players often frequent the stands at the famous Dublin football ground, but will tonight get the opportunity to play on the pitch against the players the cheer for.
It’s a dream scenario for the club and should prove a ‘celebration of football’ in the Inchicore Area suggests the amateur sides chairman.
Causing an upset for the side, who defeated Senior Sunday side Crumlin United to reach the first round proper, will prove difficult, but O’Shea is confident the amateur players will do the club proud.
Indeed, the chairman indicates Athletic will keep it tight before trying to have a real go in the derby.
“I think the players will leave everything on the pitch for the club and try to do themselves proud and the club proud, which they have done all season.
“The way we look at it, it’s a celebration of football between two long-established teams in Inchicore. It’ll be a great occasion,” O’Shea told RTE.
“Most of our players are from that Dublin 8 area.
“There’s experience through the side. We like to think we can keep the score down and have a good go at them. The whole plan is to get the defence sorted early, contain them for as long as we can and have a good go at them. In a cup game, anything can happen.”
It’s a glamour tie for the progressive non league outfit and O’Shea reveals their is a real buzz about the place since the draw was made.
“It’s absolutely massive,” he added.
“It brings a great buzz to the whole place. Everyone is on a high. It’s not just the players, it’s the people involved with the club, the kids around the area.