Glengad Utd make their bid to reach the first round proper of the FAI Cup this Easter Sunday when they take on Dublin heavyweights Home Farm in the preliminary round (kick off 3pm).

The Inishowen Football League premier division champions won a place in the competition by virtue of reaching the last four of the FAI Junior Cup, and boss Shane Byrne says they now have a golden opportunity to hit the headlines by scalping the former League of Ireland club, who now play in the Leinster Senior League.

And the ace up their sleeve could be the fact that the match is being played at the Crua, their fortress-like pitch where teams notoriously struggle to come away with a result.

He told Donegal Now: "We're unbeaten in the league this last three years at the Crua, and there's no denying it will be an advantage to us on Sunday.

"The expanse of the pitch suits our style of play, and because of the remoteness of it, there are very particular conditions up there.

"When you train in windy conditions week in and week out, there's a certain way to play, and the more you do it, the better you get at it.

"The weather's to be nice on Sunday, mind you, but regardless of that it's always good to have the home advantage in games like this."

And though Home Farm will be the overwhelming favourites to advance, Byrne believes the form his side has shown this season gives them a real shot at causing an upset.

"Home Farm narrowly beat Cockhill in the Intermediate Cup last year, then they were beaten by Letterkenny Rovers this year. We knocked Letterkenny out of the Knockalla Cup this year and Cockhill last year, so I don't think there will be a lot between us.

"But of course it would be a big scalp. They are a massive club, and one of the best known in Ireland even though they aren't in the League of Ireland any more.

"It's going to be a tight game, but opportunities like this don't come along too often and we'll be doing our damnednest to make the first round proper of the FAI Cup."

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