Devlin wary of tricky cup trip to Youghal

VETERAN Bray Wanderers boss Pat Devlin admits his team are travelling into the unknown when they clash with Munster Senior League side Youghal United in tomorrow’s FAI Ford Cup third-round tie at Ardrath Park (3pm).

“I admit that I don’t like playing non-league sides and we won’t be taking Youghal lightly. I remember defeats in the past in this tournament by the likes of Midleton and Fanad United,” said Devlin.

“We are going a little bit into the unknown here but our preparations have been excellent with successive wins over Shamrock Rovers and Drogheda United in the Premier Division.”

Striker Conor Murphy returns to the Bray squad after his heroics for Paul Doolin’s Irish U19 squad in Poland last week but Devlin must plan without Jake Kelly (hamstring) and Dave Webster (ankle).

They join long-term injury absentees Darren Quigley, Gary Shaw and Stephen Brennan.

Dundalk will be strong favourites to see off struggling Galway United in the only all-Premier Division third-round clash at Oriel Park (3pm).

Leinster Senior League side Sacred Heart have their work cut out when they face First Division Limerick at Tallaght Stadium (3.30pm). The gap in class should see Pat Scully’s team through to the fourth round.

Shelbourne should have no problem when they travel to Bray’s Carlisle Grounds for tomorrow’s other third-round tie against another Leinster Senior League side, Greystones (2.30pm).

Shels boss Alan Mathews is boosted by the return of experienced defender Stephen Paisley, recovered from a hamstring injury.

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