CORK CITY striker Scott Fenwick is bullish about the side’s prospects as they target an FAI Cup quarter-final spot against Shamrock Rovers this evening (5.45pm).
The Rebel Army are currently bottom of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and travel to Tallaght Stadium to take on the league leaders but Fenwick doesn’t feel there is any need for them to feel inferior to the Hoops.
“League form goes out of football when it comes to cup runs,” he says.
“It’s just about who wants it more. Obviously, everybody knows that Shamrock is the biggest club in Ireland, the biggest club in this league, but we’ll work together and stick to a gameplan, believing that we can go and win the game.
“It’s not as if we’ll just go an expect defeat. We’re going there to win the game and win the next round.”
Centre-forward Fenwick (30) was signed along with Kit Elliott, Connor Simpson, Kevin O’Connor and Graham Cummins as manager Neale Fenn sought to bolster the City squad on the return to football.
Unfortunately, on-loan Elliott has had to return to parent club Huddersfield Town after picking up an injury but Fenwick feels that the mood in the camp is positive and can provide a springboard for good results.
“I had to train away from the boys for the first few weeks,” he says, “but it’s a good group, everybody gets on well together.
“A lot of guys are very young so experience like myself and Kevin coming in gives a bit of mix and matching.
“Hopefully, we can teach them things and their enthusiasm will get us up the league and in the right direction.” Fenwick is still awaiting his first goal but he expects it to come soon.
“We were having a bit of a joke after the Sligo game,” he says.
“I was going to be on the penalties and I was getting excited in the first half when Kit went down but the referee booked him for what he said was a dive.
“Then I came off in the second half and a minute and a half later we got a pen.
"The gaffer shrugged and said, ‘You’re going to hate us now!’ but thankfully we scored.
“If I get the chances, I’ll usually put them away. We’ve created bits and bobs but nothing has really fallen to me, it’s been me flicking balls on or bringing them down.
“I’ll put them away when they come.”
In other FAI Cup games played over the weekend Derry City beat Drogheda 2-0, Finn Harps beat Bray Wanderers 2-0, Athlone advanced 5-3 after extra-time against Wexford and John Caulfield's Galway lost at home to Shelbourne 5-2.