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Skipper Cully: Ards plan to leave Glens in deep water

By Keith Bailie

Published 08/01/2016

Ready for upset: James Cully
Ready for upset: James Cully

Ards captain James Cully insists he and his teammates have not been distracted by the possibility that tomorrow's Tennent's Irish Cup clash with Glentoran could be postponed.

Earlier in the week, pictures of The Oval's famous playing surface submerged in water were the talk of social media, throwing the fifth round tie into doubt.

While the Glens are now hopeful the game will proceed as planned, the two clubs have agreed to reschedule the fixture for Monday night should The Oval fail a pitch inspection tomorrow morning.

Cully was keen to praise the Glentoran ground staff for their efforts to ensure the fixture is played tomorrow.

"It seems as if Glentoran are working round the clock to get the match played, just like they did on Boxing Day, so fair play to them.

"From our perspective, you just have to prepare for the game as normal.

"You can't worry about whether the match will go head or not. Come Saturday afternoon we will be ready to play."

There's an air of deja vu surrounding tomorrow's clash, as the Glens beat Ards 2-0 at The Oval at this stage of the competition last year.

Cully believes Ards, seven points clear at the top of the Championship, are better placed to cause an upset this season.

Cully said: "In many ways, I feel the pressure is all on Glentoran.

"We're already in a senior cup final (JBE League Cup) and our main focus is winning promotion back to the Premiership.

"For the Glens, the Irish Cup is really their only chance of silverware and they're coming into it off the back of defeats to Linfield and Dungannon Swifts.

"So we will go into the game in a relaxed frame of mind.

"Last year, we were in contention for most of the match before conceding two sloppy goals in the second half.

"We're all looking forward to giving it another go."

Ards manager Niall Currie can give débuts to January signings Ryan Arthurs, Kyle Buckley and David McCullough.

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