No old pals act for Sky Blues ace Kane
Versatile Tony Kane insists personal bragging rights are up for grabs in today's Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup fifth round clash with Crumlin Star at the Warden Street Showgrounds.
Once the Sky Blues were drawn against Paul Trainor's side, Kane realised he would be the target for a bit of good-natured banter from many of his close friends that play for the Amateur League side.
"Crumlin Star is from my home patch in north Belfast. I know all about them," confessed Kane.
"A lot of my best friends are at the club. As soon as the draw came out, the text messages began flying about.
"Crumlin Star is a club that has produced some great players, including Joe Gormley. Joe McNeill, who has been around the Irish League, is there along with Tommy Lambe. In fact, Joe Gormley's brothers Ciaran and Aidan are also there.
"In Paul Trainor, they have a manager who has experience at Cliftonville and Glentoran.
"Big Paul knows what's required in this competition because he won it twice with Eddie Patterson at the Glens."
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Kane adds: "The reality is the knockout tournaments are our only way of lifting silverware.
"I know we have the County Antrim Shield final coming up against Cliftonville later this month, but we must now give the Irish Cup our full focus.
"We are having one of those frustrating seasons. But a cup win could help make it a great season.
"We were runners-up in the league and got into Europe last season, but if we were to end up with two trophies, I know which season I would prefer."