Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Kelly gives Red cup warning to Celtic

Paddy Kelly knows that more than just the weather will have changed in tonight's second attempt in Donegal Celtic’s Irish Cup fourth round tie with Ballinamallard United.

DC's contest with United at Holm Park on Saturday was abandoned in the midst of some fierce weather conditions, with both clubs set to try again.

Since that abandonment the landscape of the tie has changed with the draw for the fifth round having since been made and Celtic will go into tonight's game with the carrot of facing a derby against Cliftonville if the make it that far.

"That acts as an incentive for the players and the club now in Tuesday’s game to make sure we get through this round,” said DC boss Paddy Kelly.

"We know them pretty well and obviously it would be a tough tie, but we can't afford to look too far ahead, we must make sure that we get past Ballinamallard first and that is going to be a tough game in its own right.”

Kelly openly admits that referee Davy Malcolm had little option but to call Saturday’s game to a half during the half-time break.

“The game was a total farce in the first half and I think we were lucky enough that the game made it to half-time,” he said.

“It was awful conditions for both players and supporters and there wasn’t a lot of football played. The longer the game was going on the more of a lottery it was becoming. It started bad and was getting worse.

“It wouldn’t have been fair on either side to be put out of the cup with a goal which came about because of the weather alone.”

Ciaran Caldwell will be missing for tonight’s game as he is due to serve a one game suspension, with recent signing from Crusaders, Barry Spence, coming straight in.

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