A THIRD straight FAI Cup win would make 2018 a successful year for Cork City, according to midfielder Gearóid Morrissey.
City take on Bohemians in Monday night's semi-final replay at Turner’s Cross (kick-off 7.30pm), seeking to set up a fourth straight decider against Dundalk, whom they have beaten in the last two deciders.
The Lilywhites have taken back the title from City this season, but Morrissey feels that retaining the cup would be a sign that City are a force to be reckoned with.
“A hundred percent, definitely,” he says.
“It's unbelievably difficult [to win the cup]. You see it on paper and teams do it and get to semi-finals, finals and winning competitions, it's easy to look at but a massive amount of graft goes into it in the weeks leading up.
“You're juggling it between league games and you're up against teams giving it everything to beat you. For a lot of teams playing against you, it's maybe their last chance to get into a final so it's really hell for leather when you play.
“Going into Monday's game now, we've a bit of work to do over the weekend, get everyone in again and tear into that game on Monday night.”
Kieran Sadlier’s late penalty earned City a draw at Dalymount Park last Sunday but the winger is an injury doubt along with Karl Sheppard, Alan Bennett and Garry Buckley.
Nevertheless, Morrissey is optimistic that City can finish the job.
“We had to go up there, it’s an extremely difficult place to go,” he says, “no doubt they’ll be thinking the same coming down to Cork.
“At the same time, there is still 90 minutes of football to play and with cup games especially, on the day, it’s whoever is hungrier, whoever has the desire that will win the game.
“It’s never easy when you work so hard as well to see somebody else lift the league trophy, but well deserved to Dundalk, we’ll go again on that next year.
“For us, I suppose it comes down to winning that game Monday night and trying to get to the final, you know having a great finish to the season.”