Bluebell captain Tony Griffiths seeking FAI Cup redemption against Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght

Tony Griffiths’ standout FAI Cup memory isn’t a fond one.

It involved watching Monaghan United go out of business mid-season, just two weeks after they dumped the then holders Sligo Rovers out of the competition.

The Bluebell United captain was part of Roddy Collins’ Mons when the club folded in the middle of Euro 2012.

Monaghan stunned back-to-back winners Sligo 3-1 at the Showgrounds but a fortnight later, while on holidays in Egypt during the summer break, he received a haunting phone call.

Roddy Collins

Griffiths said: “It was more shock really. You were coming off the back of a great result against Sligo and everything was looking really good.

“We were starting to progress as a team. It wasn’t easy. There were phone calls, trying to get another club. It was all over the place.”

Griffiths had played for Kilkenny City, Shelbourne, Longford and Crumlin but heads for Tallaght tonight as part of an experienced Bluebell side hoping to cause a shock.

Bluebell have a host of ex-League of Ireland players in their ranks.

Keith Fahey is suspended but they can call on Dean Ebbe, Keith Quinn, Mark Rooney and Willo McDonagh. Ex-Rovers midfielder Robert ‘Boccer’ Bayly is also set to play.

Griffiths added: “The group is a little bit crazy but when it comes to doing the job on the pitch, that’s when we knuckle together and get it done.”

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