It might seem strange to say, but Keith Quinn hints amateur side Bluebell United might just have more experience than tonight’s League of Ireland opponents Cabinteely.
‘Bell take on the First Division side in the second round of the FAI Senior Cup and are ‘quietly confident’ of causing an upset.
Cabinteely have some bright young talent on their books as well as experience in the form of LOI Legend Jason Byrne, who has recently taken up a coaching position at the club his side face tonight.
There is no doubt ‘Cabo’ are favourites, but Andy Noonan’s men it seems are not overawed.
They recently defeated the semi pro side in a friendly and former Sheffield United youth Quinn claims they have talent and more importantly experienced talent on their books.
The likes of former Irish International Keith Fahey, former Carlisle defender Glen Walsh, experienced LOI campaigner Tony Griffiths, Dean Ebbe and the mercurial Jordan Keegan certainly won’t be facing anything new in the Second Round clash and as a result Quinn is confident Cabinteely at the very least won’t have it their own way.
“We played them in pre-season and I know it was their full-strength side but with the players we’ve got in our squad, they’re very talented lads. A lot of them are very experienced.
“You’ve got Keith Fahey, myself, Tony Griffiths (formerly of Longford Town, Monaghan and Shelbourne), you’ve got Jordan Keegan (Dundalk, St Pat’s, Scunthorpe United), Dean Ebbe, who’s got experience in Livingston.
“You can just reel the names off. William McDonagh has played for Carlisle in big games. You’ve got players going into big games who are confident in their own ability.
“You can’t buy that experience.”