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Craig Memorial Cup final: Portstewart last obstacle in Moyola's way

Moyola Park boss Mervyn Pattison set his sights on BetMcLean Craig Memorial Cup success earlier in the season. (stock photo)
Moyola Park boss Mervyn Pattison set his sights on BetMcLean Craig Memorial Cup success earlier in the season. (stock photo)

By Steven Beacom

Moyola Park boss Mervyn Pattison set his sights on BetMcLean Craig Memorial Cup success earlier in the season.

On Boxing Day he will hit the bullseye if his players deliver victory against Portstewart in the final at Fortwilliam Park in Tobermore.

It's a tough one to call. Portstewart defeated Moyola in the league recently but last season the outcome was reversed.

What is clear is that it will be an intriguing encounter between two sides and managers who have respect for each other.

"We targeted the Craig Memorial as a competition we really want to win," says the determined Pattison.

"Much like the Steel and Sons Cup and Bob Radcliffe Cup it is an important competition for the teams who compete in it."

If the tournament, run by the North West Football Association, means much to Moyola, it is just as important to Thursday's opponents.

Almost two months ago, Portstewart were suffering financial difficulties and there were fears the club would have to fold.

Since then money has been raised thanks to the efforts of the hard working committee, with plans to increase funds in the new year.

For manager Johnny Law, victory, after a roller coaster 2019, would also provide tangible evidence of the job he is doing since leaving his coaching job at Coleraine in the summer of last year.

"I thought it was time to go out and manage, and I'm glad I did it with Portstewart, even though there have been challenging times," said Law.

"The hardest thing for me leaving Coleraine was telling Oran Kearney because I learnt so much working with him."

Moyola Park

Portstewart

Craig Memorial Cup Final

Fortwilliam Park, Boxing Day, 11.30am

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