CIE Ranch will taking a nothing to lose attitude into the massive FAI Cup clash with League of Ireland side UCD this coming Friday.
Having beaten Dublin Bus in ‘El Traffico’ the LSL Senior 1A side now have the chance to ask questions of ‘The Students’.
It’s a big ask for the Leinster Senior League third tier side especially considering Collie O’Neill’s sides current form in Division 1.
However, Ranch manager Keith Cronin is adamant his side are up for the challenge and has promised they will have a go in Peamount on Friday night.
“We’ll go and give it a go,” he told the Sun.
“We have nothing to lose, so we have nothing to gain by sitting back.”
The Ranch have been one of the more progressive clubs in the LSL over recent years. Four successive promotions have seen them rise to as high as Senior 1A, the cups have been added to the mantle piece and now they get to share some of the FAI Cup spot light.
“In the last four years we’ve pushed on. We have the nucleus of the same squad but we’ve added one or two every year and they’re a hard-working bunch,” Cronin added.
While making the next round for one of two remaining amateur sides is a big ask Cronin has already had a personal victory in the contest.
Not only have they knocked out Senior Sunday outfit Crumlin United before winning El Traffico with a dramatic last minute Dean O’Brien strike, but the Ranch manager has gone one step further than his brother in the contest.
Cronin’s younger brother Glenn is assistant manager at Shamrock Rovers, who come a cropper against Drogheda United in the first round proper.
“It’s good to see there’s one Cronin still in the FAI Cup,” quipped brother who will be involved in Round 2 of the blue ribbon tournament.