Cassidy ready for Lilywhite battle

Updated: Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 15:27

Kevin Cassidy - The wing-back is not afraid of Kildare
Kevin Cassidy - The wing-back is not afraid of Kildare

Donegal’s Kevin Cassidy says he is relishing the challenge of taking on a much vaunted Kildare team in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals.

The Ulster champions take on Kieran McGeeney’s team in headquarters this Saturday, throw-in 6.00pm, and the Lilywhites come into the game as favourites after very strong showings in their qualifier run where they accounted for Laois, Meath and Derry.

But Cassidy, who helped Donegal to their first provincial title in 19 years with a win over Derry, is not fretting about taking on Kildare.

“It’s good to get a tough draw at this stage. I’m sure it’s the same for them,” he said.

“They are regarded as the third best team in the country right now and they have impressed a lot of people. Kildare are coming this last two or three years. They have unbelievable forwards and we knew they would be there or thereabouts at the end of the season,” he added.

Despite Kildare’s impressive qualifier run and their All-Ireland semi-final appearance last year, the Gaoth Dobhair clubman maintains that Donegal have their own expectations.

“The pressure is not off us. The Ulster Championship is gone now. Growing up, it’s every boy’s dream to play in an All-Ireland final but we’re not setting any targets. We’re on a good run but if you look forward, you tend to run into trouble.”