Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Smyth won't take final task lying down

Annadale coach Andrew Smyth has been avoiding his players over the past few days, and indeed was a noticeable absentee at training.

But it's not a case that the man at the helm has fallen out with his colleagues on the eve of the big Boxing Day Kirk Cup final showdown against Lisnagarvey at Hillsborough (2.30pm).

Instead it's a case of Andy avoiding contact with his panel in case he passes on the bug that has laid him low in the run-up to Christmas!

"I knew it was coming," said schoolteacher Andy.

"Many pupils at school were falling to the bug earlier in the week, and it was only a matter of time before it caught me too.

"Under the circumstances, it made sense to avoid training, but I hope to have shrugged it off in time to enjoy Christmas with my family and then Boxing Day with the team."

Andy has no selection problems, and will probably name the same squad that beat holders Cookstown in the semi-final.

But there won't be a place for new signing Andy McGimpsey from North Down who made a scoring debut last week in the Anderson Cup 1-1 draw against Garvey at Hillsborough.

McGimpsey, of course, is cup-tied as he featured with NorthDown during the pool games.

Garvey coach Mark Tumilty also has no injury worries.

He has lost striker Timmy Cockram, who is out in Chile with the Irish international team and will remain unvailable until after the Olympic Qualifier in New Zealand in February.

But he has a ready-made replacement in Chris Gregg who is home for Christmas from Loughborough university, and is eligible for this competition.

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