Cockhill target last 16 spot

Donal O’Brien and his Cockhill Celtic players take on familiar foes when they host St Mochta’s from Dublin in the last 32 of the FAI Senior Cup this Sunday.

Once more into the breach – Donal O'Brien's 8 year spell at Cockhill manager will come to an end at the end of the club's FAI Senior Cup run

Once more into the breach – Donal O’Brien’s 8 year spell at Cockhill manager will come to an end at the end of the club’s FAI Senior Cup run

Having been drawn to play away to the Blanchardstown outfit in the last 16 of the Intermediate Cup for the last two seasons and having come back up the road with two defeats in those games, O’Brien will be hoping that home advantage in this FAI Senior Cup second round game will finally see his side recording a positive result against a team which includes former Irish international Glen Crowe in its ranks.

O’Brien has announced that he will step down as Cockhill first team manager at the end of this cup run.

As a manager, Donal O’Brien has guided Cockhill Celtic to three successive Ulster Senior League and Cup doubles, and is hoping to keep the show on the road beyond Sunday’s clash with the Leinster Senior League side St Mochta’s.

“We have been involved in some huge games in recent years against senior opposition but if we win on Sunday it will be the first time in the club’s history that we have ever reached the last 16 in the FAI Cup so it’s massive,” the manager, who was an FAI Cup runner up in both 1994 and 1999, said.

“It would be great for the players first of all but it also means the club could get a big money spinner against a top Senior team which is a great incentive for everyone.”

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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.