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Dundela must fly like Mallards: McCarroll


Respect: Bryan McCarroll
Respect: Bryan McCarroll

By Graham Luney

Dundela will take inspiration from Ballinamallard United's great run to the Irish Cup Final last season as well as Carrick's memorable 1976 victory over Linfield as they prepare to take on the holders Crusaders at Seaview this afternoon.

Former Crues players Ross Holden and Michael Kerr will have an opportunity to embarrass their former employers.

And while the Championship side are not expected to land a glove on Stephen Baxter's Premiership giants, Duns coach Bryan McCarroll says his boys will rise to the occasion.

"Ballinamallard were fantastic last season when they reached the final and that's a great incentive for us," said McCarroll.

"They are a well organised team who have beaten us twice this season and showed what can be achieved.

"Why can it not happen again? My father-in-law, Albert Macklin, played in the Carrick team that beat Linfield in the 1976 final.

"Albert will hopefully make the game and can be our inspiration..

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"Most of the players are available and we know the Crusaders players and their style of play.

"You prepare the best you can but they are a league above us and could be difficult to contain.

"The objective is to stop them playing but they are a strong Premier League team and we will have our work cut out.

"There's no pressure on us, we are going to enjoy it.

"People say the only way you can enjoy football is by winning and that's right in one way, but we want to give a good account of ourselves and not come away on the wrong end of a mauling."

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