Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Annadlae's Peter prepared to make own luck

Annadale striker Peter Caruth is not in the least superstitious as his team shape up for their Irish Senior Cup quarter-final showdown against Dublin side Cornithian on Saturday.

The Irish international moved up on to the 12 goals mark with a timely double strike just before the break last Saturday to effectively end Lisnagarvey's interest in the all-Ireland competition at the second round stage.

But he has a simple motto - "thirteen is unlucky for some ... but not for me".

The Irish international, of course, is one of the few to wear the feared No.13 shirt regularly, so he's not frightened about getting close to the 13 goal mark.

"I'll be out to score my 13th against Corinthian, and perhaps my 14th too," he laughed.

"I'm in no way superstitious; if I was I wouldn't wear the No. 13 shirt. You make your own luck in this game, and it's up to us to use our home advantage in an effort to reach the semis."

The Dale have a good chance of progressing further but the Dubliners aren't the pushovers they once were - they now have a handful of South Africans in their ranks which has considerably strengthened their panel.

They aren't the only team involved in a cross-broder tie this weekend - Mossley take on cup holders Pembroke at The Glade while Banbridge head to Cork Harlequins for a delayed second round tie to earn the right to go to Cookstown in the quarter-finals.

Mossley are hitting form at the right time, with two wins on the trot, but whether John Clarke's lads have the experience to topple the Leinster side overflowing with past and present international stars is debatable.

Bann won't have it easy in Cork either, but the two goals from talisman Eugene Magee last week will have given them a lift at just the right time.

Cookstown meanwhile turn their attention back to league matters while they await their quarter-final opponents, and if they can take at least a point at Bangor on Saturday they will have retained the title which they won last season.

Irish Senior Cup 2nd round: Cork Harlequins v Banbridge, Harlequin Park, 2pm (Umpires, G Caulwell, G Conn).

Quarter-finals: Mossley v Pembroke Wanderers, The Glade, 2.30pm (Umpires, D Clarke, K Cholewa); Three Rock Rovers v Glenanne, Grange Road, 3pm (Umpires, C Hutchinson, C McConkey); Annadale v Corinthian, UUJ, 2.30pm (Umpires, R Johnston, K Bolger).

Podium Premier League: Bangor v Cookstown, Ballykillaire, 2.30pm (Umpires, W McCully, D Stewart); Raphoe v Instonians, Royal & Prior, 2.30pm (Umpires, E McFerran, C Beattie).

Senior One: Kilkeel v Civil Service, Kilkeel HS, 2.30pm (Umpires, A Campbell, T Templeton); North Down v Ballynahinch, Comber LC, 2.30pm (Umpires, J Wray, T McKnight); South Antrim v Antrim, Laurelhill, 2.30pm (Umpires, G Herron, J McCalister); Belfast H’quins v Queen's, Deramore, Friday, 8pm (Umpires, K Glass, R Kendrick); Newry v Armagh, Newry, 2.30pm (Umpires, C Telford, A Gregg); Portadown v Cliftonville, Edenvilla, 1pm (Umpires, D Corry, D Pearson).

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