Ahead of Saturday's FAI Ford Cup Quarter Final against the cup holders Sporting Fingal, stpatsfc.com today spoke to club captain Damian Lynch:
All season we've had a focus on the Ford FAI Cup. It's a massive competition and having last won it in 1961 we all know how much it means to the supporters.
In the league we were up against bigger and full-time squads and realistically we would probably have a better chance of winning a cup competition where you might need to win five or six straight games.
Both sides Sporting and ourselves are struggling a bit with recent form but when you get down to the last eight everyone will reckon that they have as good a chance as any.
The cup is a separate competition and anything can happen. Last time we met Sporting Fingal it was a 3-2 thriller in Morton Stadium, they played well, we played well, end to end stuff, plenty of goals and a 90th minute winner.
I won a cup winners medal with Drogheda in the 2005 final against Cork in front of over 20,000, it was a great day but I would give anything to have two winners medals.
PLAYING IN THE AVIVA:
It's a massive incentive for all the lads and myself to play the first cup final in the new Aviva stadium. Some of the lads have already played there this season, they might want to forget the result but I'm sure they'll remember the experience.
WINNING THE CUP:
The supporters have been fantastic to us this season, even at the end of the Rovers game when we had lost 3-1 they clapped us off the pitch. It would be brilliant to get to the final for the fans but also for the club and for the work Pat's are doing in the community.
For the season we've had, we really need to have something to show at the end of it, qualification for Europe would be great, winning the cup would be better but any team in the last eight has a chance to win it.
Tickets for St Patrick's Athletic FC V Sporting Fingal kick off 1.00pm at Richmond Park are on sale from the club shop on Emmett Road Inchicore priced at €15 adults / €10 students / OAP's and €5 child family.
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