It promises to be another big day in Ramelton on Sunday when Swilly Rovers U-16s meet St. Joseph’s in the semi final of the FAI National U-16 cup.
The game, which kicks-off at 2pm, is expected to draw a big crowd for the visit of the highly-rated Dublin side.
Swilly Rovers have enjoyed a fantastic run in the cup this year and in the last two rounds, they have made home advantage count against Arklow Town and Real Tubber of Sligo.
However, team manager, Jim McCahill says the boys know they will need to put in another impressive performance at Swilly Park if they are to progress.
“We know all too well that we’re up against it,” McCahill said. “When you get to this stage of the competition, you know you’re going to be playing good teams and they don’t come much better than St. Joseph’s. They’ve three players in the Ireland U-15 squad and two more on stand-by which just shows how good they are.”
Swilly’s preparations for Sunday’s tie have been dealt a blow with the news that James McCahill has been ruled out because of injury. The manager’s son, who plays in centre midfield, suffered a broken toe playing football on Friday and will be out for at least six weeks.
His place in the side is likely to go to Jordan Toland who recently returned from a lengthy injury and came on as a second half substitute in the quarter final against Real Tubber.
Otherwise, Swilly are unlikely to show many changes from the team that won in the last round. On that occasion, goals from Darragh Black and Ronan Curtis helped them to a 2-0 victory and while both players will have key roles to play this weekend, Swilly will also be looking for big performances from the likes of goalkeeper, Caolan Bolton, team captain, Dylan Hegarty, Brandon Toye and Dylan Quinn.