UCD provide FAI Cup opposition to Treaty

6 August 2021; Jack Lynch of Treaty United in action against Eoin Massey of Cabinteely during the SSE Airtricity League First Division match between Treaty United and Cabinteely at Markets Field in Limerick. Photo by Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile

DISAPPOINTED with the home crowds this season, manager Tommy Barrett will be hoping that the local support turns out in significant numbers for Treaty United’s Extra.ie FAI Cup quarter-final with UCD at the Markets Field Stadium on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Treaty come into this fixture on the back of a series of fine victories in the SSE Airtricity First Division – the latest of which, a 2-1 home win against Bray Wanderers secured courtesy of strikes from Stephen Christopher and Dean George, has cemented the club’s promotion play-off position.

Treaty and UCD are familiar foes, with the sides engaging over two legs in a promotion chase last season. The students won 3-0 on their visit to Limerick and all but guaranteed themselves outright victory but brave Treaty did win the return leg in Dublin (2-1).

UCD eventually secured a place in the Premier League but are currently positioned towards the bottom end of the table.

In their recent Cup outing, the Dubliners eliminated Galway United (2-3). Limerick’s John Ryan (18) was sprung from the bench by UCD at Eamonn Deacy Park but he’s not around for a visit to his home city, having just signed for Serie A side Sassuolo (Italy). Ryan started his career with Aisling Annacotty.

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Ahead of the fixture, Treaty have been buoyed by the return from injury of their inspirational 24-year-old captain Jack Lynch.

Of the glamour tied, brilliant Treaty shot-stopper Jack Brady (who missed the two Cup wins through injury) told the club’s website: “We’re delighted with the home draw, but we would have kinda fancied ourselves against anyone at home. It certainly is one to look forward to”.

“The lads have been on a very, very good run, scoring eight goals and conceding zero. That’s a positive we will take into the match.”

He cautioned: “Obviously UCD had a very good win against Galway, showing that they can go into a hostile atmosphere and get a result. However, it’s a cup fixture and form goes out the window on such occasions.”