COLERAINE will hope to cement their place in the last eight of the Irish Cup as they welcome Banbridge Town to The Showgrounds tomorrow afternoon (KO 3pm)…
Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup
The Bannsiders moved up to third in the Danske Bank Premiership after Alexander Gawne’s goal earned all three points against Cliftonville at The Showgrounds. However, matters quickly turn to the Irish Cup as the Stripes welcome Banbridge Town to the Ballycastle Road. The visitors have beaten Dunmurry Rec, Ballymacash Rangers and East Belfast to get to this stage of the competition and are currently managed by ex-Linfield ace Stuart King.
The last meeting between the two clubs took place in January 1991 in the Irish Cup and goals from Ricky Wade, Marty Tabb and Johnny McIvor earned Coleraine their first victory in 18 competitions. Remarkably, they met 12 months previous in the same tournament and a solitary strike from ‘Dibby’ Dougherty separated the two sides in a quarter-final tie.
“We will be treating Banbridge with the upmost respect,” Kearney said.
“It’s a competition we want to do well in and we have got through a tough tie to get here.
“We want to go at it all guns blazing.
“I know Stuart well and for as much as he’ll want to come up here and enjoy the day, he has a lot of football pride about him, he is a good guy and a good coach, so we need to make sure we are right on it.”
Supporters are advised that season tickets/matchday cards are not valid for the fixture.
A cash gate will be in operation, with the prices set at £12 adults, £8 concessions.
As ever, those unable to attend can follow the latest developments from the fixture via the club’s official Twitter account (@ColeraineFC).