PETER HUTTON is looking forward to renewing rivalries with an old foe from his playing days when Cork City boss, John Caulfield, returns to Brandywell tonight with both teams vying for a spot in the FAI Cup semi-finals.
Cork City’s all-time joint record goalscorer, (129 goals) Caulfield holds the upper hand over Derry City’s most decorated player, Hutton (663 appearances) in the managerial stakes this season.
The ‘Rebels’ have beaten Derry twice in the league, scoring five without reply but Hutton is confident his side can cause the shock of the round and send Caulfield’s troops packing from the competition.
Both managers know all about the FAI Cup, Caulfield winning it with Cork in 1998 while Hutton has three FAI Cup winners’ medals from 1995, 2002 and 2006.
The pair completed their UEFA Pro-Licence Badges together last year and Hutton feels his side were dealt the most difficult assignment out of all the quarter-final teams as he prepares to go up against his old adversary for a third time this season.
Third Time Lucky?
We know it will be difficult but if the players we have at our disposal play to their capabilities then we have a very good chance of winning the tie.Peter Hutton
“It’s a great tie and all we could ask for was a home draw,” said Hutton. “When we pulled Cork out of the hat, we probably would have preferred someone else but it wasn’t to be and we have to play the hand we were dealt.
“It’s a huge game for us,” he added. “They are a very good side who are still challenging for the league title as they are trying to run Dundalk as close as possible as they did last year.
“They have ex-internationals and vastly experienced players in their team. We know it will be difficult but if the players we have at our disposal play to their capabilities then we have a very good chance of winning the tie.”
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