Cockhill Celtic fly the Ulster Senior League flag in the FAI Intermediate Cup when they take on St Mochta’s on Sunday at Porterstown Road in Dublin (1:30pm).
Donal O’Brien’s team announced themselves on the national stage with an excellent 2-1 win against Crumlin United in December when Malachy McDermott was on target twice in the replay - following a 0-0 away draw - at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Ground.
McDermott, the Ulster Senior League player of the year, is expected to be fine on Sunday after recent hamstring travails.
Jimmy Bradley broke his arm against Crumlin in the first meeting and will miss out.
That progression such a significant result, it trimmed Cockhill’s odds from 80/1 to 12/1 ahead of Sunday’s last 16 fixture in Clonsilla against a St Mochta’s team that have former Republic of Ireland international Glen Crowe, who is now 36, up front.
St Mochta’s have won four, drew nine and lost just one this season domestically.
They are in the third flight of football in the capital - the Leinster Senior League Senior Division 1A - which is two below Crumlin.
Cockhill defeated an experimental Finn Harps side 2-1 on Saturday with goals from Aidan O’Donnell and Gerard McLaughlin.
“We need to forget about the Crumlin game here because there’s a lot at stake in terms of the club and how we progress,” O’Brien said.
“If we win this match against St Mochtas, there’s no reason we can’t go all the way with the right draw.
“I’d look at it and maybe think that it could be our year.”