Limerick ace primed for glamour semi-final date with Premier League giants Manchester City

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Limerick ace primed for glamour semi-final date with Premier League giants Manchester City

Croom's Damien McCrory will line out for Burton against Man City Pic: Burton Albion

LIMERICK soccer ace Damien McCrory is set for a glamour Carabao Cup semi-final date with Premier League giants Manchester City this week

Croom’s McCrory and his Sky Bet League One Burton Albion team-mates are looking forward to a first ever Carabao Cup semi-final appearance against high-flying City after defeating Middlesbrough 1-0 in their quarter-final.

The first leg clash takes place at Manchester City’s Ethiad Stadum on Wednesday night with a 7.45pm and will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Burton Albion, ninth in Sky Bet league One, are available at 28/1 to win the first leg tie, with Manchester City unbackable favourites at 16/1. Albion are 11/1 to secure a draw at the Ethiad Stadium.

The second leg meeting of League One side Burton, managed by Nigel Clough, and Premier League champions City takes place at Albion’s Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday, January 22.

The second semi-final of this season’s Carabao Cup features two more Premier League heavyweights, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, with their first leg taking place this Tuesday night. 

Damien McCrory is currently the longest serving member of Nigel Clough’s Burton squad, 2018/19 seeing him in his seventh season with the club after signing in the summer of 2012 from Dagenham & Redbridge.

Twenty eight-year-old McCrory also represented Republic of Ireland at under-18 and 19 levels and was Albion's Players Player Of The Season in 2013/14.

The Brewers were only promoted to the Football League nine years ago, but are now only 180 minutes from a Wembley final.

Burton Albion are the first team from the third tier of English football to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup competition since Sheffield United, then managed by Clough, in 2014-15.