Limerick Under-16 manager Gary Manning is relishing the challenge of Belvedere in this weekend’s SFAI National Barry Cup tie in Dublin, insisting they want to test themselves against “the best”. The game takes place at Clontarf Astros on Sunday, kick-off 1pm.
Manning acknowledges that the young Shannonsiders will enter the Round of 32 clash as underdogs against a much-fancied Belvedere side, but he says he has “total confidence” in his players that they can deliver a surprise knockout blow.
Many of the squad that reached the Under-15 Evans National Cup quarter-finals last season remain at the club and preparations have gone well following the Christmas break, with a recent 4-1 home win over Aisling Annacotty seeing them continue their strong start to the league campaign.
“I’m really looking forward to it; Belvedere are one of the top schoolboy teams in the country and playing against the best is what we want to do,” Manning told LimerickFC.ie.
“No doubt it will be a very difficult game. We would be considered the underdogs. I don’t think pressure will affect Belvedere – they have their style and will stick to it. They play at a high level constantly.
“They would be expected to win but I have total confidence in our players. We have some great talent and if they can keep concentration levels and apply what they have learned we can get something.
“Training has been good. The players were very eager to get back after the break at Christmas so it was easy to settle back in. It hasn’t been ideal with weather etc but we can’t control that and so we just adjust.”
Safe trip and best of luck to all involved on Sunday.
Preview Date: Friday 29 January 2016