Conor McCarthy is no stranger to cup finals- and he’s hoping St Mirren can provide him with a familiar feeling.
The Buddies take to Scottish Cup action tonight when they face Aberdeen for a place in the semi-finals. It’s an opportunity for the Paisley outfit to make their first Scottish Cup semi-final appearance since the 2008-2009 season.
McCarthy arrived from Cork City in January, where he made numerous final appearances with medals to show for it. More of the same at St Mirren would be nice but the Irishman knows how hard it’ll be against Aberdeen.
“After I joined Cork I was in four (FAI) cup finals and we won two so the cup record in Ireland has been pretty decent to be fair,” said McCarthy. “The cup can be a massive part of the season for the fans and we are all really looking forward to it.
“Jamie McGrath (St Mirren midfielder), who played for Dundalk, and I were talking about cup runs for us, we were probably the top two teams in Ireland so it was Cork and Dundalk every year.
“So I don’t think it will be anything new to us. Don’t get me wrong, it is going to be a very tough game at the weekend. We know the quality that Aberdeen have, they showed their quality at our place a couple of weeks back.
“But being only one game from Hampden is more than enough incentive for us to really put in a big performance. The Scottish Cup is completely new to me. We treat every game the same.
“Everyone is really looking forward to it. I have been lucky enough to play every game so that has played a big part in me settling in. I am looking forward to playing as many games as I can between now and the end of the season.”