Belfast Telegraph

Haveron expecting a tight battle with Ards

By Keith Bailie

Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron believes tonight's Steel & Sons Cup semi-final with Ards is an event not to be missed.

The two clubs meet at Seaview (7.45pm) in a repeat of the 2008 final, which saw Ards lift the cup on Christmas Day thanks to an injury-time winner from Ricky Billing.

Haveron said: "I think it's going to be a great game played in front of a decent crowd. Both teams have good support. I don't think they will be disappointed because both Niall Currie and myself like our teams to bring the ball down and pass it.

"It will be a very tight game and we will need to be at our best. I just hope our players play the game and not the occasion."

The second semi-final will take place at the same venue on Monday night, with Gary Smyth's Harland & Wolff Welders and Pat McAllister's Sport & Leisure Swifts going head to head.

With three of the top five in Steel & Sons action, Garth Scates' Bangor can maintain their lead at the top of the Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 when they travel to Knockbreda tomorrow.

Larne can move into second if they beat Brian Adair's Loughgall at Lakeview, while Dergview could move into the top three with a win over PSNI at Newforge.

Elsewhere, Dundela face Lisburn Distillery while Donegal Celtic take on Ballyclare Comrades at Celtic Park.

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