WHEM Cork City make the trip to the West Of Ireland for their FAI Cup tie, there will be strong Leeside interest in the Galway United side.
Cian Murphy, along with recent addition Stephen Christopher, will be keen to pit their wits against the Rebel Army on Friday.
Murphy signed for Galway from Munster Senior League side St Mary’s ahead of the start of the 2019 season.
"It is a great draw, even for me personally being from Cork. In terms of the team and the squad, we know we are massive underdogs," said the 22-year-old.
“It is going to be a great experience for us really. We are going to go into the game with a game plan and hopefully it works.
“Regardless of where they are in the table right now, Cork City are the biggest club in Ireland. I think people in Galway might look at Cork City as a team that are struggling at the moment.
“I certainly don’t think they are. They have lost some good players, which are hard to replace. I'm a Corkman and a supporter, I used to go to all of the City games as a schoolboy at Turner's Cross."
Galway come into the cup clash following a victory away to Cabinteely, who City scraped past in the cup thanks to a penalty shootout.
“I did my pre-season and worked really hard. I didn’t play in the first league game against Shelbourne done and then I played in the next twenty games in a row.
“It really shocked me that I was able to come in and do that. I think that Galway is a big club. We are probably not where we want to be at the moment or where they were a few years ago, but it is still a big club. I really take pride in playing for Galway.
“I have a lot of gratitude towards Alan (Murphy) for giving me a chance at Galway.
“When I was playing with St Mary’s in the Munster Senior League, people probably didn’t see me getting to that level.
“Even though I always wanted to play League Of Ireland. I am still working hard here, getting in extra sessions.
“My chance in League Of Ireland football didn’t come in Cork. It came in Galway and I am really happy with that.
“The longer I can play for Galway United I will be very happy."
Friday’s FAI Cup meeting will be the first competitive clash between Galway and Cork since July of 2017, when City came out on top 2-1 winners at Turners Cross.
Galway actually took the lead in this contest through a Gavan Holohan goal. City got an equalizer through a Gary Buckley finish after 54 minutes, which was a good strike from outside the box That was before the City winner arrived mid way through the second half, after an own goal from Galway’s Lee Grace.
Incidentally the last meeting between these two teams at Eamon Deacy Park ended in a 1-1 draw in May of 2017, when City’s incredible 12 game winning run came to an end and the Rebel Army dropped their first points of the campaign, illustrating the fantastic start they made to that title winning campaign.
Conor McCormack put Cork into the lead thanks to his first goal in the club colours.
But Galway got what turned out to be the equalizer and ensure the spoils were shared, when Stephen Folan sent a looping header beyond the reach of Mark McNulty.