Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Currie hopes Loughgall’s waiting game is over

Niall Currie’s Loughgall are one of the forgotten victims of the Newry v Larne Irish Cup fiasco.

Loughgall have waited patiently since January 16 to find out who, if anyone, they will face in the sixth round. Currie and his men went to training last night still not sure if they would have a cup game tomorrow.

Boss Currie explained: “We have been training during the week unsure if the cup game will go ahead because we heard Larne might appeal and stop the fixture. If that happens we’d be playing Ballinamallard in the Championship instead.

“But we are preparing as if we are to play Newry on Saturday, it’s not an ideal situation.”

This fixture should have been played on February 13 but the IFA’s failure to make a quick decision on the controversial fifth Round tie has kept the Villagers waiting.

If the game goes ahead, however, Loughgall won’t be scared by Premiership side Newry City.

Former goalkeeper Currie said; “We fancy our chances against any one at Lakeview. Newry are a good side and they will bring a good crowd down so we are looking forward to it.

“We have a lot of important league games coming up and we are still in three other cup competitions so I will need to utilise my squad as much as possible. We have only a small squad but I have to put my faith in all of them and I won’t be afraid to make a few changes for the cup game.”

Loughgall are the last non-Premiership side left in the competition and have an opportunity to make it to the last eight where Coleraine await.

“We obviously want to go as far as we can. We will be underdogs but with a home draw a quarter final spot is not beyond us and we’ve got that,” added Currie.

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