No fear, that’s the message from Inchicore Athletic boss David Hyland after his side drew St Patrick’s Athletic in the FAI Senior Cup.
The manager of the progressive Senior 1 A side admits his side need a heap of luck and the League of Ireland side to have a bad night for his side to emerge victorious in the amateur vs pro Inchicore derby.
However, with nothing to lose and everything to gain he believes his side won’t be hindered by the occasion and will instead go into the tie fearless.
“It’s going to be extremely difficult. You’ve a full-time professional football club against an amateur team. I do believe we’ll be fearless,” Hyland told the Dublin Gazette.
“We’re going to have to have an extremely lucky night and they’ll have to have an off-night, but I wouldn’t be fearing it in any way.”
While his players might not feel nerves during the clash scheduled for mid August the manager might not be able to relax considering he can’t witness the game from pitchside.
Hyland will be away on holidays while the game plays out in Inchicore.
“I’m not around for it, believe it or not. I’m on my holidays.
“I’ve a family wedding thing on, and my holiday has been booked for the past year.
“We were weighing up could I come home on the Friday, but it would mean I’m coming home after nearly three or four days, so I’m going to miss it.”
Assistant manager and player at the club, who defeated Crumlin United in the qualifying round, Stephen Quigley will make the decision on the night.
The former Shelbourne, Waterford United and Drogheda United player spent five seasons at St Pats.
“My assistant Stephen Quigley spent nearly five years at Pats. I keep winding him up telling him it’s his testimonial out there. He’s looking forward to it.”