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New Loughgall boss Brian Adair

New Loughgall boss Brian Adair

New Loughgall boss Brian Adair

Loughgall boss Brian Adair is determined his players won't be distracted by Boxing Day's Bob Radcliffe Cup final.

The Villagers host Annagh United next Friday in the show-piece decider, but first they must play local rivals Armagh City at Holm Park tomorrow.

With both teams hovering above the relegation zone this Mid-Ulster derby is arguably more important than the final.

Former midfielder Adair said: "I don't think it's a bad thing to have a derby game six days before the cup final, it might help us keep our momentum going over the Christmas period.

"Everyone is talking about the cup final but my focus is on Armagh as it's a massive game in its own right. We've come through a rough patch and we're starting to improve on the park but we need to maintain our focus and not get distracted by the cup final."

Steel Cup finalists Harland & Wolff Welders host Dundela in the other Championship One game tomorrow, ahead of the Christmas morning final while in the Intermediate Cup, Knockbreda host Crusaders Reserves and Dergview host Shankill United.

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