Limerick midfielder Lee-J Lynch believes progress in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup could help his hometown club rediscover their form in the league, as they prepare for a tricky test against First Division high-fliers Cobh Ramblers at Saint Colman’s Park on Saturday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).
Listen to our interview with Lee-J, below.
The Shannonsiders have taken just one point from their last four SSE Airtricity League Premier Division outings, although the last two saw them face difficult back-to-back trips to Derry City and Dundalk.
Now just three points off the dropzone, Limerick are eager to return to winning ways, and Lynch says victory in Cobh would “boost confidence” ahead of a crucial rearranged league encounter with Shamrock Rovers at the Markets Field on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).
Lee-J told LimerickFC.ie: “It’s a tough place to go. We’re used to playing Cobh, we had them a lot last year, down in Cobh especially. They make it a big battle there. To be fair to them they try to play as well – they’re not just a battling team.
“We need to go down there with the right attitude and make sure we get the job done because we’re not on a good run at the moment – I think we if we got the win down there it would boost confidence going into the Shamrock Rovers game.
“It would also be another step forward in the FAI Cup where everyone wants to go on a good run. We have to go down there, look after ourselves and get the job done.
“I suppose it takes our mind off the league a bit. Getting a win under our belt after the last few weeks it would be a good start going into the game on Tuesday. It would give all the boys confidence going back to the Markets Field with our home crowd helping us out, and maybe we’ll get something from the game. But we need to start in Cobh and make sure we play well.
“With the rule change this year it goes straight to extra-time and penalties – we won’t want that. We need to stay focussed. We wouldn’t go down there for a draw anyway. We’d go down there for the win and make sure we’d come away with it. We have to play well down there, it’s as simple as that – it’s a hard place to go.”
The teams have met seven times competitively over the past 18 months, with Limerick making the trip to Cobh on five occasions in that period between the First Division, League Cup and Munster Senior Cup.
Limerick’s form figures read 5-0-2 (F17; A6) with both defeats coming at Saint Colman’s Park, including last October where they suffered their only league loss of 2016, going down 2-0.
Cobh are currently second in the First Division, seven points off leaders Waterford who occupy the only promotion place. Cobh have won their last two games 2-0, away to Wexford and at home to Longford Town, with their overall home league form figures reading 8-3-1 (F19; A5).
Team News: Limerick will be without hometown captain Shane Duggan who misses this first-round tie through suspension having accumulated five yellow cards.
Officials: Referee for the game is Ray Matthews, his assistants are Emmet Dynan and Eoin Harte with the fourth official Graham Kelly.
Preview Date: Friday 11 August 2017