Belfast Telegraph

McCann is hoping to relive glory days with Larne


By Alex Mills

Larne coach Tim McCann knows a thing or two about the Tennent's Irish Cup.

In his playing days, the winger won the trophy three times with high-flying Glentoran.

McCann is now sharing his experience and expertise with the east Antrim club, where things are ready for lift-off under the financial clout of club owner Kenny Bruce, who has made it possible for a posse of new signings to arrive in recent weeks.

Davy McDaid, Thomas Stewart, Marty Donnelly, Ciaran Caldwell, Chris Ramsey and Peter Finnegan are all primed to make their debut in tomorrow's Irish Cup clash with Dergview at Inver Park, which gives manager Tiernan Lynch a huge headache.

Larne have lost only one of their last 13 games, which has given them a chance of claiming a top-six slot when the Championship split takes place later this month.

"Fair play to the boys, they have really made it difficult for Tiernan," said McCann. "They knew a lot of new signings were arriving, but they didn't sulk. Instead, they put together a phenomenal run of results.

"We were at the bottom of the table, but now we are in with a shout of a top-six place. It's out of our hands, because Loughgall have played one fewer game. All we can do is look after ourselves."

McCann insists league business will be set aside today. Although Larne are favourites, they'll be taking nothing for granted.

"We'll be expecting no favours," he said. "Dergview my be hovering around the bottom of the table, but they are a very capable side.

"We have got a bit of momentum going. There is great camaraderie. The Irish Cup is a special competition, I know that from my playing days. Although we'll be giving Dergview the respect they deserve, our ultimate aim is to be in the hat for the next round."

Even though promotion to the Premier League is out of the question this season, McCann admits that's the long-term goal.

He added: "There is no timeframe. The Championship is a tough league, but we are building a strong pool of players that will help us challenge next season."

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