Next Sunday will be Challenge Cup Final day for the Roscommon & District League.
Dysart will play Skyvalley Rovers in a local derby game at the League Grounds, Lecarrow with a kick-off time of 3 pm.
On two previous occasions the teams have played in a cup final. The first occasion was in 1989 and on that occasion the game went to a second replay before Dysart won on a 1-0 scoreline. Seven years later Skyvalley Rovers came out on top.
Skyvalley scored an equaliser in the last minute of their first meeting and also in the replay, before winning the cup following a penalty shoot-out.
Another close and competitive game is expected on Sunday between two young and talented teams.
Earlier on Sunday the Premier Division Cup Final will be played when Moore United face either Ballinasloe Town of Shiven Rovers who play earlier in the week in the semi-final. The game kicks off at 12 noon at Lecarrow.
David Kelly is the Dysart manager and he is hoping for a famous victory against the odds on Sunday. Dysart are going into the match on the back of an excellent season in Division One where they emerged as the champions.
David has been happy the way the preparations have gone for Sunday’s game. “The preparations have gone well. We have two long-term injuries but all the current squad are ready for action on Sunday and there is a great buzz in the squad.
“We know that we will be mad outsiders on Sunday against a good side like Skyvalley, but this is a once-off game and in the cup you never know what might happen. We were the outsiders against Castlerea in the quarter-finals and again against Shiven in the semis but we won both those matches so we are very hopeful for Sunday.
“There is great excitement in the local area and in the parish about this cup run for the past month or so and we will have a great crowd following us on Sunday. Hopefully we won’t let them down.
“Skyvalley are a class side and are hard to beat, whether it’s league or cup. They are the deserved favourites but we will not be going there to make up the numbers and if we play well on the day you would never know what might happen. It’s a big day for our club and we are looking forward to it” David concluded.
It’s a very busy end of the season for Roscommon Cup kingpins Skyvalley Rovers, who will be seeking their 8th cup win on Sunday. Later they will be facing a play-off for the Premier Division title against Ballinasloe Town after they beat Ballinasloe in the final league game of the season last Sunday.
Skyvalley team manager Ollie Brooks says that it’s a great end to the season for the club. “It’s been busy but it’s been great really. We had a great win against Ballinasloe last Sunday. I don’t know whether they took it for granted or not but we were delighted to win and now we can look forward to the cup final on Sunday against Dysart.
“The pundits might have us as the favourites but there will be nothing in it. Dysart beat Castlerea and Shiven which was no mean feat and they went through their league season undefeated, so we are expecting a really tough game.
“People are saying that Skyvalley have a great record in the cup and while we have won it seven times we have been beaten in the last three finals that we got into, so that is not such a great record and we need to win another final very soon. Hopefully it is this Sunday.
“We picked up a couple of injuries last Sunday and Alan Naughton and Mike Duignan will be touch and go for Sunday. We are really looking forward to this game. It is a local derby. We will be up for it and Dysart will be up for it too and there will be nothing in it.”