Limerick FC boss Scully eyes FAI Cup shock

LIMERICK FC manager Pat Scully is confident his First Division side can provide a searching examination for Premier Division champions Shamrock Rovers in their glamour FAI Ford Cup second round tie at Tallaght Stadium this Friday night.

LIMERICK FC manager Pat Scully is confident his First Division side can provide a searching examination for Premier Division champions Shamrock Rovers in their glamour FAI Ford Cup second round tie at Tallaght Stadium this Friday night.

Twelve League places separate Rovers, currently second in the Premier Division and Scully’s Limerick FC who occupy second spot in the First Division.

Having made 55 appearances for Shamrock Rovers as a player in 2001-2002, Scully later took over as manager of the Hoops in 2006. While manager of Shamrock Rovers, Scully led them to the First Division title and later to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier Division. Scully is eagerly looking forward to taking his charges to Tallaght Stadium on Friday.

“It is a great game to look forward to. We probably couldn’t get a tougher draw,” Scully conceded.

“But it is a great stadium. There will be a big crowd there and we have to go out and play. Once we do, we will be fine.

“There are a good few links between the two clubs. Obviously, I have been there and Daryl Kavanagh was with us before later moving to Rovers. Daryl is a great lad. We have a great lot of time for him.

“But Friday is a game of football. That is the most important thing for me. The other bits and pieces which go along with it, I don’t care much about.

“It doesn’t bother me what reception I get going back to Rovers. The most important thing is that we go out and perform and if we perform to a level and capabilities we can give anyone a game.

“We face Longford the following week. We can’t control what they do the weeks they are not playing us.

“Their start to the season has been excellent. We have to make sure we control what we can.

This is the 30th anniversary of Limerick’s 1982 FAI Cup final victory over Bohemians. Brendan Storan bagged the game’s only goal, scoring from Tony Ward’s well-placed corner.

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