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Billy Weir

Love in the air with silverware and points perfect gifts

Billy Weir


Andy Waterworth

Andy Waterworth


Andy Waterworth

It's another massive week in Irish League football, then again, when hasn't it been this season?

The BetMcLean League Cup Final is on Sky Sports on Saturday night and promises to be a real cracker, with Coleraine taking on Crusaders at Windsor Park.

Before that there is the small matter of four Danske Bank Premiership games, with the Big Two looking to put a bit of daylight between them and the two cup protagonists.

Arguably the biggest match of the weekend is at Milltown, where Warrenpoint Town host Institute in the ultimate six-pointer.

I have to say I had a bit of a chortle with 'Stute boss Sean Connor's infectious optimism about his side.

"We need a win against 'Point, certainly we must not get beaten. I still believe there are four or five wins in this side and if we can pick those up I think we'll be okay," he said.

Indeed, and if your granny had spherical objects she would be your granda, as 'Stute have picked up just two wins all season, but another defeat would leave them five points behind Barry Gray's men which, surely, would be too much to recover at this stage.

At the business end of things, well what do you know, Andy Waterworth is back scoring goals and suddenly Linfield are four points clear at the top as the crisis continues for David Healy.

I have bad news for him, I won't be at the Ballymena Showgrounds for his and the Blues' visit on Valentine's Night, so don't be nipping out to bring down a bunch of roses.

And talking of broken hearts, I'm not quite sure what he'll find when he gets to Warden Street as it was a rather surreal place when I left it as six o'clock chimed at All Saints on Saturday.

The dressing room door remained firmly shut, not one person entered or left as David Jeffrey began the inquest into his side's dismal display against Carrick that left them in ninth spot in the league.

For all I know they could still be in there, the memories of last season's race for the Gibson Cup a dim and distant memory now.

But let's end on a high and, whisper it softly, I'd love to see the Bannsiders lift the cup on Saturday night, it would be fitting reward for Oran Kearney's brave decision to have a second go at the Coleraine helm.

Their win over the Glens last weekend also means they are still well in the hunt for the league, too, and also means we can reach for the Big Boy's Book Of Playing Things Down.

"We are more than happy for people to talk up other sides and let us get on with what we do," said Kearney on Saturday.

"The key thing for us is the boring old cliche of taking care of our own business. Results look after themselves."

Indeed, and he'll either be over the moon or as sick as parrot on Saturday night.

Belfast Telegraph