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Tobermore relishing Premier test: McGraw

By Keith Bailie

When you talk about Tobermore United and the Irish Cup, the conversation inevitably turns to George Best.

In 1984, Best guested for Tobermore at Fortwilliam Park for an Irish Cup clash against Ballymena United. Fans may have turned out in their droves to see the former Manchester United superstar, but the County Londonderry club lost 7-0.

Today, Tobermore have the opportunity to write another chapter in their history books.

The Premier Intermediate League side will make the short journey to The Showgrounds to face Oran Kearney's Coleraine.

Experienced Tobermore goalkeeper Matthew McGraw, who previously played for Coleraine and Limavady United, is looking forward to testing himself against a Premiership club.

"The buzz has been great since the draw," said McGraw. "It's a day for us to enjoy and we'll give it a good go. We've played six games to get here so we'll not be sitting back.

"Everyone is really looking forward to it. It's a great draw for us because there are quite a few links between the two clubs. It's a big day for everyone and we will make the most of it."

It will also be a big day for Coleraine forward Ian Parkhill. The man who opened the scoring against Ards last Saturday is a former Tobermore player.

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