Wexford FC have a welcome distraction from league action this evening as they entertain Crumlin United in the First Round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup.
Whilst Wexford are favourites to win through to the next round boss Damian Locke knows that Crumlin United have the potential to cause an upset if his side aren’t up to the task on the night.
Speaking on the club’s website ahead of the game at Ferrycarrig Park Locke said, “They will play as if they have nothing to lose, with all of the expectation on us to win. I’ve said it many times that teams that are continuously competing for LSL and MSL titles are more than good enough to compete with First Division teams.”
Referring to the build up to the game, Locke went on to say, “We’ve approached training like every other week. They (Crumlin) will get all the respect they deserve on the night”
Defender AJ Lehane who played the full 90 minutes in Athlone, will be looking to keep his starting spot for the game, and with it, make his first appearance at this stage of the FAI Cup. “I’m really looking forward to the game. When I joined the club it was because I wanted to test myself and like every other player out there I want to progress to the next round.”
“People may look at the fixture and think that we’re a League of Ireland team and that we should win easily. But this is absolutely not the case. Crumlin will come to Ferrycarrig confident, and looking to get one over on us. They’ll definitely give us as tough a game as we have faced at any stage this season”.
Wexford welcome back Captain Craig McCabe after not featuring in the last 4 games, but will be without Shane Dunne who is now on duty for the Student World Games.