UCD manager Martin Russell has said that his team is looking forward to the test of playing against Cork City when the sides meet at Turners Cross on Friday, April 5.
The Students have lost five of the opening six league games of the season, earning just one point from the 2-2 draw away to Bray Wanderers, and find themselves at the bottom of the table.
They enter into the game against the Leesiders on the back of a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of champions Sligo Rovers. Nevertheless, Russell is keen to approach the game with a positive attitude, noting that his players should 'relish' playing against Tommy Dunne's side.
"Turner's Cross is a ground that every young player should relish playing in and this is another opportunity for our players to develop," said Russell.
"There is no doubt that Cork have strengthened their squad again this season and but for conceding some late goals they would be even higher in the table. It is going to be a test, and one that we are looking forward to," added the UCD boss.
Martin Russell will be unable to call upon the injured trio of Robbie Benson, Mick Leahy or Dean Clarke, but David McMillan, who scored a double against Bray Wanderers, is fit for the tie.
And the former St Patrick's Athletic striker, who leads the club's goalscoring charts with three league goals, says that the Students will give 'everything' against Cork.
"We know Turner's Cross is a difficult place to get three points, especially when you consider the depth of experience in the Cork City squad," said McMillan.
"But we are looking forward to the challenge and we'll be giving it everything to try and do just that."