Dungannon Swifts will be hoping that lightning strikes twice and that they can inflict more New Year misery on Glentoran tomorrow when travel to the Oval.
Dixie Robinson’s men were last in east Belfast not that long ago — November 13 in fact — and headed back up the M1 to Co Tyrone with three points in the bag following what was a comfortable 2-0 victory.
Dermot McCaffrey was the hero of the hour as he struck a superb double to keep up his fine reputation for bagging goals against the Big Two.
The win that day was all the more sweet because it came not long after the Swifts were hammered 5-1 at the same venue in the Co-operative Insurance Cup — a game in which they dropped their heads after conceding a couple of goals.
The difference was though, that on their return to the Oval, they gave it a go, rather than sit back and hope to soak up the pressure and hit the Glens on the break.
And with Scott Young’s side sure to have taken a bit of a battering in the confidence department following successive defeats to Portadown and Coleraine, boss Robinson is sure to go for the jugular again.
“You can go to places like the Oval or Windsor Park and park the bus, but inevitably you will be broken down and it makes the job harder for you to get back in the game,” he said.
“We are much better when we are attacking and that’s how we got the win at the Oval.”
Meanwhile, Ballymena United could conceivably go fourth in the Carling Premiership if they manage to see off Lisburn Distillery at New Grosvenor.
The Sky Blues have been quietly going about their business of late and an impressive 3-1 victory over Portadown on Tuesday night took them into the top six.
However, things could get even brighter for the Braidmen tomorrow as the two teams immediately above them play each other and not until Monday night.
Roy Walker’s side are level on points with Glenavon, who will take on fourth place Crusaders live on Sky on Monday and a win for United would see them leapfrog both as the Crues though three points ahead, have a slightly inferior goal difference.