MIDFIELD dynamo Conor McCormack always enjoyed playing for the opposition at Turner’s Cross.
But now that he is wearing the Cork City colours and the number eight shirt, he is loving it even more given the electric atmosphere at the venue on big match nights.
And tomorrow night promises to be another big occasion with all the colour, noise and excitement of a provincial derby, it’s an FAI Cup semi-final with a place in the final itself on November 5 up for grabs.
“We were unfortunate not to wrap the league up the other night but we gave a performance to be proud of and if we can reproduce something like it again then we should be able to beat Limerick with home advantage. We found ourselves on the wrong end of some results lately but we are back on track and we go into the Limerick semi-final in confident mood.
“The fans have been brilliant and I love playing out the Cross. I enjoyed it when I was with the opposition but I am really loving it now wearing the Cork City jersey. The atmosphere is always great and the fans push us on its just a pity we couldn’t give them the title the other night but our day will come soon,” said McCormack ahead of this rematch with Neil McDonald’s side.
City fans will not need reminding that the ‘Superblues’ scored a 2-1 league victory at the Markets Field last Friday night and they will bounce into Cork in buoyant mood as a result.
It’s 35 years since Limerick last contested an FAI Cup final at Dalymount Park and Brendan Storan’s goal against Bohemians brought the cup across the Shannon for the first time since 1971 and a 3-0 replay win over Drogheda United after the first game ended in a goalless draw.
“We can wrap the league title up fast enough in the next two games away to Bohs and then home Derry City and the sooner the better for everyone,” said McCormack who was Monday’s outstanding man of the match.
“We are pretty confident even though we have been a little unlucky too in some games. I think it’s fair to say that Shamrock Rovers were the only team that deserved to beat up at Tallaght Stadium. We all gave it 110% and more against Dundalk the other night and it will take another big effort to get past Limerick and into the Cup final again tomorrow night,” said native of Carlingford, Louth.
“We have been in the past two Cup finals in Dublin, and as the Cup holders, we want to get back to the Aviva Stadium and retain our trophy and obviously the double is still a possibility for us,” he added.
The only Cork team to win a league and Cup double was the famous Cork United team of the 1940s who won the league five times and did the double in 1941/42.