Crumlin ready to rumble Dundalk in Cup tie
The lads from Crumlin United hope that tonight's FAI Cup meeting with Dundalk will be a successful part of what's shaping up to be a very big week for the Dublin club.
Tomorrow night, a 200-strong group from Crumlin will head to Lansdowne Road stadium to watch their most illustrious old boy, Robbie Keane, wave goodbye to international football. But before that there's the mammoth task of taking on FAI Cup holders Dundalk at Oriel Park, officially a home game for Crumlin which was switched to the Co Louth venue.
"A batch of us will be at the Aviva tomorrow to see Robbie, hopefully we'll have got something from the Cup game tonight against Dundalk to put us all in a good mood, it's a big week for the club," says Crumlin manager Martin Loughran.
"It's a big game for everyone, it's Dundalk's first home game since they played in Poland, and it's a massive game for us. Beating Dundalk is a big ask but this is the reason you go into the FAI Cup, to get games like this. You like to test yourself against the best teams and there's no better than Dundalk. We'll give a good account of ourselves."
From the squad which beat Finn Harps in the last round, Crumlin are without Shane Suppple and Greg Moorehouse, two recent signings are cup-tied, and in the last week they lost two players to injury. "We're down a few bodies, but we're still looking forward to it," says Loughran.
"Maybe Dundalk will have a bad night and we'll have a good one."