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Sunday 23 September 2018

Raheny's Eviston plans to show pupil Carberry he's still the master at Aviva

CUP MASTER: Terry Eviston
CUP MASTER: Terry Eviston

MASTER and pupil will go head to head tomorrow when holders Raheny United defend their FAI Umbro Women's Senior Cup against Castlebar Celtic at the Aviva Stadium.

Former Athlone Town boss Terry Eviston is Raheny boss, while his former winger Adrian Carberry is now coaching Castlebar Celtic.

Eviston admits it's an interesting additional story to a game that is already lining up to be an intriguing encounter.

"I managed Adrian at Athlone Town, he was a cracking winger for me. It's great to be managing against him in a cup final," said Eviston.

Carberry is looking forward to taking on his former boss but admits that Raheny United are the red hot favourites – they beat Celtic 9-2 in a windswept league game last month.

CLEVER

"Terry is a nice man, a clever football man who was a great player. It's interesting for me to go up against him as a coach," said Carberry.

"It's a new experience for me. It's a learning experience for me and the team. It's a pity we haven't had a game since the league game but training has been good.

"In football, no two games are the same. If we play the way we can play, we'll have a chance. Hopefully the girls listen to what we're telling them. The gap between the sides isn't as big as people may think and we do have a chance."

Eviston is in his first season with the Bus Éireann Women's National League champions and his side are unbeaten so far.

He does not expect a repeat of the one-sided 9-2 scoreline but acknowledges that there are a variety of factors at play that will make Sunday's fixture a test for both sides.

"At half-time in the league game, there was nothing in it. The conditions that day were a major factor. When you come off a result like that and the next meeting is a cup final, it's a different dynamic," he said.

"That scoreline was a bit unreal. We're doing our best to keep everybody's feet on the ground after the good start we've had. I have my own past experience of this to call upon and it's my job to make sure the players remain focused. A lot of people can get distracted around a cup final.

"It's huge to play in the best stadium in the country and playing a game at the highest level too."

Eviston's playing career with Bohemians, Athlone, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers included a number of cup finals and he knows the lead-up to the game can be a mental test.

"My first final experience was Bohs-Limerick in 1982 but I wasn't playing after breaking my ribs in the semi-final against Dundalk. I was in four other finals and was at the wrong end of a few losses," he recalled.

Raheny are at full strength, with Seana Cooke likely to make an appearance before she heads to a full-time contract with English club Durham WFC in the FA Super League.

Castlebar's Shauna Jackson is out with ankle ligament damage but other than that Carberry has a full squad to choose from.

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