Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

McCargo hopes to lap up Cup glory this time round

Paul McCargo has a lot to make up for when Kilmore Rec contest the Daily Mirror Amateur League's Border Cup Final at Wilgar Park tomorrow (1.45pm).

The central defender has painful memories of Kilmore's non-appearance in the final five years ago.

That particular match against Larne Tech OB never took place after it was discovered Paul had played under suspension earlier in the competition after being sent off when with another club.

Initially, the IFA had been given the wrong name by the referee who had red-carded the defender who was not wearing the shirt number as per match card.

An investigation saw Kilmore dismissed from the competition and the trophy awarded to Larne Tech.

Kilmore and McCargo were back the following year but lost out to Killyleagh, so both he and Rec will be hoping for better fortune this time against fellow Premier Division outfit Dunmurry Rec.

Kilmore are currently only two points clear of the basement position but have several games in hand.

Manager Paul Moore said: "With only nine games played, it is not disastrous and with those games in hand, we have plenty of time to put things right.

"A win tomorrow would help our confiddence for the rest of the season.

Both Paul and his assistant Brian Healy were on the receiving end of a Clarence Cup defeat when Downpatrick players three seasons ago against none other than Kilmore.

The last thing they want is a reversal of those roles.

"We just hope it goes the right way this time," he added.

His counterpart Barry Taylor knows Dunmurry go in to the match as slight favourites but is weary of the opposition.

"They are strong defensively and will be difficult to break down.

"However, we have plenty of creative ability and I'll be very disappointed if we lose."

He has been striving for this trophy for the five years he has been in charge at Ashley Park which has not seen sight of the cup since 1991 while Kilmore have yet to see their ribbons decorate the silverware.

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