Cup fever returns to Fanad

Cup fever returns to Fanad

The FAI Intermediate Cup always gets the pulses racing in Fanad and it’s that time of year again for Arthur Lynch’s men.

Fanad, winners of the Cup in 1988 and 1995, are rebuilding again under player-manager Lynch, who played in two semi-finals and several quarter-finals with the club.

On Sunday, Fanad host Bonagee United at Triagh-A-Locha in this season’s Intermediate Cup.

“The Intermediate Cup is massive,” Lynch said.

“If you have any ambition in intermediate football, this is the Cup you want to play in.

“Eamon McConigley came out at the start of the season and said that it was his ambition to win the Intermediate. There would be something wrong if an intermediate team manager didn’t have that ambition.

“I go into every competition looking to win it, or do as well as you can and be competitive.

“Our boys will all be pumped up to play in the Intermediate Cup, especially after Letterkenny Rovers really raised the profile of it last season by getting to the final.”

The game will be played on the side pitch at Triagh-A-Locha with the main pitch at the venue still a few weeks away from being ready.

The likes of Lynch, Marty McAteer and Kieran Gorman have played in the Cup with Fanad at the national stage, while those such as Davitt Walsh and Matthew Crossan come armed with senior experience.

Walsh is struggling with an injury picked up at the weekend’s Intermediate Interprovincials, but Lynch is hopeful that his men can get the job done.

Also in the Intermediate Cup on Sunday, Cockhill Celtic have home advantage against Swilly Rovers. Both games are at 1.30pm.

Photo: Matthew Crossan (right), in action for Finn Harps, brings plenty of experience to the Fanad United team.