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Fergie to the four in cup decider

By Graham Hamilton

Mossley coach Fergie Cosgrove is relishing this afternoon's Kirk Cup final showdown with Instonians at Stormont (3.30pm) ... for it will be his fourth time in the festive showpiece with four different clubs.

As a player Fergie won his first Kirk medal with Banbridge and then he switched to RUC and captained them in the 1985 decider when they lost to Bann on the grass pitch at Blaris.

And as a coach he took Cookstown to the decider four years ago before masterminding Mossley's memorable run to the final this season.

"It may be a special game for me but it is a particularly big thing for the club," commented Cosgrove.

"We have a good mix and with U21 players like Joel Cathcart, Philip Hamill, Ben McMillan and Michael Sullivan, we are building well for the future.

"Unfortunately Colin McLean is sidelined after breaking his knuckle recently but Jordan Robinson and David Glenny are potential match-winners."

Meanwhile, Instonians have been handed an incentive - club chairman Tom Reid may have to go through an operation and if he misses the festive decider, they are hoping they can land the trophy and take it to the hospital if necessary for him.

"Tom is a stalwart and we'll do our best to win the trophy for him," said Steven Redpath, who has settled in well as coach.

"Coaching is a natural progression from playing," explained Redpath.

"Now I have the potential to improve as a coach whereas it was all downhill as a player!"

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