Malone has a plan to halt Loughgall
It is 30 years since Banbridge Town last won the Bob Radcliffe Trophy but Colin Malone’s boys are not without a chance as they bid to stop high-riding Loughgall from winning the Mid-Ulster’s FA’s silverware for a fourth time at Lakeview Park on Boxing Day (11am).
Loughgall have shot to the front in the Championship one table but Town have been on a good run of late including away wins at Limavady United and Donegal Celtic.
And Colin will be looking to his teenage son Dale who has had a spell at Glenavon, to maintain his cup striking form from midfield where he has scored in every round of the competition.
“I could not buy a goal in the league at the moment but in cups it is different and let’s hope the trend continues on Boxing Day”, said Dale.
Loughgall’s full-back Glenn Waddell, himself from Banbridge, has three winning medals in the bag and will be hoping for a fourth.
For Loughgall’s on-loan striker Matty Burrows it will be his last game before he returns to Glentoran and a cracking contest awaits..
Up in the North-West, Churchill United from the Northern Ireland Intermediate League face Tobermore United at the latter’s Fortwilliam Park also on Saturday.
Churchill accounted for Limavady on penalties in the semi-finals and cannot be lightly dismissed.
However, with home advantage, Tobermore, now managed by former Glebe Rangers boss Jonny Law, will be firm favourites.
Indeed, the last time Tobermore won this trophy, Jonny was in the winning team.
“I’ve only been managing three years and having this role in a final, is new to me.
“I had to rebuild the team in the summer after being relegated into the Championship two league as several players left but things are going well and we are unbeaten in 13 matches, pushing for promotion and in a cup final,” said Law.
“We will not be taking anything for granted but I will be bitterly disappointed if we do not win. The players and the backroom team deserve it.”