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Carrick aim to soothe pitch misery

By Keith Bailie

Carrick Rangers manager Gary Haveron is hoping today's Irish Cup clash with Banbridge Town can lift some of the gloom that's surrounded the club in recent weeks.

Carrick have seen their last seven home games postponed due to the soggy surface at the Belfast Loughshore Arena, but Haveron is refusing to lose any sleep over the situation.

"It's frustrating but it's out of my control. I remember my old gaffer at Distillery, Paul Kirk, giving me advice - 'Only worry about what you can control'. And I try to stick to that," he said.

"We've brought a few fresh faces in, as that's something I can control. We've signed James Wright from Knockbreda, Gareth McKeown from Glenavon and Adam Salley will join us on loan from Linfield."

Carrick travel to Crystal Park to face a Championship Two club that have no shortage of Irish Cup experience in their ranks.

"Banbridge have got Chris Kingsberry and Ryan Moffatt, who are two guys with plenty of top level experience. Stuart King too, although he is cup-tied," he added. "We won't be preparing for this game any differently than we did for Linfield."

Elsewhere, Sport & Leisure Swifts face Institute at Glen Roads Heights in a battle between Championship Two and Championship One. In an all-Championship One clash, Knockbreda host Annagh United at Breda Park.

In 1993, Bangor lifted the Irish Cup by defeating Paul Malone's Ards in a second replay. Today, they travel to Knockramer Park to face Lurgan Celtic, managed by Malone's brother Colin.

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