Two Cup ties this week
Published 17/05/2016 | 00:00
There's a welcome break from SSE Airtricity League activity, and a chance to advance on two fronts in the Cup, at Ferrycarrig Park this week.
First up on Tuesday at 8 p.m. is the visit of non-league Collinstown for the Leinster Senior Cup semi-final, and then on Friday at the same time it's the turn of another team aiming for a giant-killing act, Firhouse Clover, to make the journey south from Dublin for the second round of the FAI Cup.
Collinstown will be in the mood to claim another scalp, having already eliminated two of Youths' Premier Division colleagues, Shamrock Rovers and Bray Wanderers, from the competition.
They will be treating this game like a final and will boast two members of the Ireland amateur squad in Dano Matthews and Dean Carpenter.
Shane Keegan has used a largely second string side to get him to this stage, forging wins after extra-time versus Athlone Town and Longford Town respectively.
The game on Friday may be of more importance, but any appearance in a cup final is nothing to be sneezed at. And with the club on a high right now after last week's exploits, it would be another huge boost to set up a clash in the decider with Bohemians or UCD.
Turning to Friday, Firhouse Clover (formed by the amalgamation of Firhouse Celtic and Clover United in 2007) actually came out of the hat first in the draw but then opted to travel to Ferrycarrig Park.
They recorded a 1-0 Leinster Senior League win over St. Mochta's last weekend and play their home games in the I.T. Tallaght complex.
Like Collinstown, they will view this game as a great chance to take on a big gun, so Youths will need to be on their guard.
Decent runs in these two cups would be a huge help in feeding into the feel-good factor brought about by Friday's win over Shamrock Rovers in particular. And hopefully the strong recent form will see an increase in supporters coming through the turnstiles, particularly as the adult prices are a reduced €5 for Tuesday and €10 for Friday respectively.
One thing that recent games has proved is the uncertainty surrounding results from week to week. After all, Sligo Rovers sauntered past Youths 4-1, but then lost 3-0 to Shamrock Rovers three nights later.
In those circumstances, who would have expected Youths to beat the Hoops 2-0 on Friday? It sure is a funny old game, and that's why the home side can take nothing for granted in both of these cup clashes.