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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Sheriff's Darren is not Dunne and dusted yet

Sheriff: (Back row L to R) Darren Dunne, Darren O'Brien, Anthony Kavanagh, Joeseph O'Niell, Mark Higgins, Kevin Lynch (Front row L to R) Kieth Dunne, John Lester, Lee Murphy, Paul Murphy, Joeseph Flood
Sheriff: (Back row L to R) Darren Dunne, Darren O'Brien, Anthony Kavanagh, Joeseph O'Niell, Mark Higgins, Kevin Lynch (Front row L to R) Kieth Dunne, John Lester, Lee Murphy, Paul Murphy, Joeseph Flood

Sheriff YC midfielder Darren Dunne believes his side can continue their giant-killing FAI Cup run when they welcome Athlone Town to Clontarf Astro tomorrow evening.

The central midfielder enjoys pitting his talent against the higher echelons of Irish soccer and having beaten First Division side UCD in the previous round - the last team to beat the Students since March - confidence is justifiably high.

"It's rare you get this type of opportunity so we plan to take it. "We've proved what we can do before, it felt good after beating UCD and I'd like to experience that feeling again," the 28-year-old said.

"It would be something else if my three year-old son Alfie could appreciate the scenes after and remember it in years to come."

Sheriff, who are managed by Alan Reilly and John Giles' son Chris, will look to make home advantage count and a large crowd is expected with a lucrative quarter-final spot at stake.

The majority of the side grew up within a mile of each other and for an amateur side containing two sets of brothers - Murphy (three of them) and Flood (two) - to oust another First Division side would be something special.

"To put smiles on the faces of working-class people and put the community on the map for a positive reason would mean so much to everyone," Dunne said.

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