U19S: BOSS WANTS “GOOD CRACK” AT NATIONAL CUP
Declan Farmer says he wants to have a “really good crack” at the Enda McGuill U19 National Cup this season, with the Limerick boss relishing Wednesday’s first-round tie with Cobh Ramblers (kick-off 7.30pm).
The Munster clubs were paired together in the draw earlier this month, with Limerick, who are second in the Southern Division, set to travel to the County Cork club, who are currently fifth in the Elite Division.
Limerick exited the National Cup at the second hurdle last year, losing in Wexford, and at the first one in the opening Under-19 season, exiting to UCD.
That 2011/12 campaign was also the last time they faced Cobh, finishing as runners-up to them in the Southern Division and so missing out on promotion.
In their three meetings that season, Limerick won their home fixture 5-0 in between losing on their two trips to Cobh, on 1-0 and 3-0 scorelines, which proved the difference as they finished two points off top spot.
But the Superblues boss is hoping for better luck on a first trip to Saint Colman’s Park since March 2012, as they look to progress to the last 16.
“I can’t wait for it. I’m really looking forward to it,” Farmer told LimerickFC.ie.
“Cobh are not the same team as two years ago but they apparently have some very good players. We have to compete with the best in the Elite and Cobh will be a great game.
“The Cup is a big challenge for us but if we have all our best players available I think we have a really good chance.
“I want to have a really good crack at the Cup this season and I’d like to think that we can if we have our strongest 11 on the pitch.
“With the Premier Division finished, we should have most of the players that are up with the first-team squad back with us, although some of them may need to rest having been up with the senior side.
“But we’ve also had some young lads in recently that we’re looking at possibly bringing in in January. That’s part of it when you’re developing players; you keep looking and trying to bring in new players.
“Hopefully, we can stay in the Cup as long as possible.”
Full First Round Draw: Longford Town v Athlone Town; UCD 3-2 Bohemians; Fanad United v Letterkenny Rovers; Cobh Ramblers v Limerick; Finn Harps v Derry City; Dundalk v Drogheda United.
Byes: Bray Wanderers, Cork City, Mervue United, Saint Patrick’s Athletic, Salthill Devon, Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne, Sligo Rovers, Waterford United, Wexford Youths.