THE Irish Cup always throws up several interesting ties which generate plenty of interest.
For all four local clubs involved this weekend, they will be doing everything they can to insure they are in the hat for the next round.
Add in the incentive of the Premier league big boys in the next round and it makes for an intriguing round of cup fixtures.
The main talking point is a local derby at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena between Killymoon Rangers and Moyola Park.
Park boss Mervyn Pattison was looking forward to the derby match and admitted his side are gunning for revenge.
“To be quite honest, a number of the lads let themselves down in the league fixture earlier on this season. They should not need any extra motivation to win this fixture.”
Pattison stated that the Irish Cup fixture is a nice distraction from what has been a disappointing league campaign.
“It is nice to have a wee break from the league. Make no doubt about it we have not performed as well as we should have this season. We are struggling at the moment. The cup gives us something else to concentrate on.”
Like all of the sides in the fourth round, Moyola Park and Killymoon will be hoping to progress and draw one of the big Premier League sides.
Coagh joint-manager Stephen Uprichard admitted that it would be nice to draw a Linfield or a Glentoran in the next round. But for the moment, they were only concentrating on getting past Mid Ulster Intermediate outfit Banbridge Rangers.
“It would be great to sit down in the social club after the game waiting for our name to be called out. However, we have a big task on our hands before we can even think about the next round. This is a tricky fixture and we need to be at our best to get through to the next round.”
“People will expect us to go out and do a job on them but make no doubt about it this is a potential banana skin. I watched them a couple of weeks ago and they are a decent side. They have a good blend of youth and experience and they have a number of players who could play at a higher level.”
Uprichard stated that Coagh will be focusing on the task in hand and warned his players that they need to be at their best to see of Banbridge Rangers.
The only other local side in action is Tobermore United and they face high flying Ballinamallard United at Fortwilliam Park. The Mallards have been in sizzling form this season and Tobermore boss Johnny Law will hope that his side come into the tie re-invigorated after their free weekend last Saturday.
Law was in an upbeat mood ahead of the game and was looking forward to welcoming Whitey Anderson’s Mallards to Tobermore.
“The free weekend last Saturday has allowed a number of my lads carrying knocks a bit more time to recover and hopefully they will all be ready for the visit of Ballinamallard.”
All of the games kick off at 1.30pm except for the clash between Killymoon Rangers and Moyola Park, which kicks off at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena at 2pm