RINGMAHON RANGERS Head Coach Aidan Foley says confidence is sky high going into the FAI Intermediate Cup semi final against Killester Donnycarney next weekend.
The two sides were due to play last spring but their last four clash was postponed due to the COVID-19 shutdown on all football activities.
Now Ringmahon, who have never reached an Intermediate Cup final, are just ninety minutes from the decider.
“Confidence is sky high with the lads,” Foley said.
“The home advantage is going to be huge for us.
"Even though we can only bring in 200 people I know they will be cheering us on to the last. If there weren’t any restrictions, I’d say we’d have gotten up to 1,500 people.
"There’s a huge interest in the game all across the parish and that is really pushing us on.
“Our preparation for the game is going very well. We only have a short amount of time to get ready, but that is no excuse.
"I would have liked more time to prepare, but at least we have played a few friendlies to get match fit.
"We have been training for this game since the moment the lockdown was called.
"We started out by getting the players to do individual sessions and that was followed up with team zoom sessions.
“Everyone at the club is so happy to be back.
"After being on lockdown for so long and being stuck in limbo on whenever or not the game would go ahead, it is a relief for everyone involved to finally have a date.”
For Ringmahon, the chance to reach the Intermediate Cup final is a consolation in their quest for silverware as they had their Premier Division title ambitions voided by the coronavirus pandemic.
“If both the league and the FAI Intermediate Cup had been voided it would have been very hard to take.
"The players put a huge effort into this season and to finish empty handed would have been gutting. "Thankfully, after the effort we put into this season, we still have our Intermediate Cup campaign to focus on.
“The club needs to win a trophy like this. Ringmahon has been building so well over the last ten to fifteen years and this would be a great way to round off all that.
“The club has had a lot of successes over the last couple of years.
"Just look at some of the players we have produced. We have Alan Browne in the Skybet Championship in England and Caoimhin Kelleher at Liverpool.
"It is about time now that the club itself started delivering and major trophy like the Intermediate Cup is what the club deserves.”