ONE man who is hoping to make an impact on Wednesday night’s U19 Enda McGuill Cup final between Dundalk and Cork City is Lilywhites striker Gerry McSorley.
The former Seatown player has had a frustrating campaign, spending almost seven months on the sidelines with a knee problem. He also missed a large chunk of last season with a groin injury that required surgery.
Prolific in his Schoolboys League days, those injuries have stopped McSorley from making a real impression at Oriel Park thus far but now that he is fully fit, the striker is raring to go, providing he gets the nod on Wednesday night.
“I can’t wait for the final to come around”, he said. “It will be tough to get back into the team. There’s good competition there with Bob McKenna and Chris Reilly. They’re two very good players but all I can do is try my best.
“We’ve been gearing up for it for the past two or three weeks. I’ve been killed with injury this season. I’m only back and I’ve been trying to rebuild my fitness and sharpness but I’m there now and hopefully everything goes well on Wednesday.”
After three away games in succession, Martin Connolly’s side have been handed home advantage for the final but McSorley said it was Dundalk’s performance level - and not the venue - which would shape the outcome.
“We’re glad to have the game here because traveling to Cork midweek wouldn’t be ideal”, he said.
“Everybody says we have the advantage because of the pitch but I don’t think that will be factor. Cork are a very good side. We won’t be afraid of them but we will take into consideration that they are a good team.
“We can’t be going out overconfident. We know we will have to turn up, show them what we are made of and put a performance in if we are going to beat them.
“We need a good crowd out to support us and it’d be nice to get people from Dundalk up to cheer us on. It’s the first year the final has been held and we’ve got to it so hopefully people can get behind us”, he added.