Foundry and Rec chiefs chase first trophy
THE managers of Albert Foundry and Kilmore Rec will be eager to get their hands on their first piece of silverware in charge of their clubs – but neither will bask in individual glory if they secure it in today's Border Cup final (Seaview, 2pm).
Both Colin McIlwaine and Mark Holland are club men to the core, ready to let their players take all the plaudits when things are going well, yet shouldering the lion's share of responsibility when the chips are down.
For Holland, this is only the first season of his journey into management, but Foundry boss McIlwaine has already seen his side come so close to clinching some of the top prizes in his three years as manager, but has yet to land a trophy.
The Paisley Park gaffer admitted: "We have already had a third and two seconds in the league, but this is our first final.
"This is our big chance to win something.
"But let's get one thing straight, this isn't about me – it's about the club, and I'm very lucky to be in the position of managing such a quality, hardworking team. Hopefully we can bring the silverware home."
Kilmore player/manager Holland insists there is no burden of expectation on his shoulders.
"The boys have done well to get here. There is no pressure on this game at all," he said.
The 35-year-old former Cliftonville player has spent the last two months on the sidelines following a hernia operation, and is targeting a return early in the New Year.
He added: "It's hard not getting to play in a big final, but it'll be even harder for the two or three players I will have to leave out."