Belfast Telegraph

Waringstown’s Bushe stumped by broken finger

By Ian Callender

Johnny Bushe is out of tomorrow’s Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup tie against Malahide. The Waringstown captain has broken a finger and has been told to rest for the next month.

Bushe sustained the injury in Waringstown’s league game against CIYMS two weeks ago but didn’t realise the damage and played in last Saturday’s game against Lisburn, the Villagers' first defeat of the season. An x-ray since has shown a break in three places and he will be out of action for the next fortnight, at least.

He will be replaced behind the stumps by Jamie Matthews and in the team by Lee Nelson who was ruled out of the game at Wallace Park but is available after injury.

The game in Malahide will be a big test of Waringstown’s character as their record in the Irish Cup, and especially in Dublin, is poor. They have not won the all-Ireland trophy since 1992 and since then have won only four games south of the border.

After a run of seven successive defeats, going back to 1996, at least they have won the last two, including their victory in the previous round at Old Belvedere, but Malahide whom they last played 17 years ago, are a step up in class.

“We did well at Cabra but there is really no excuse for visiting clubs having a bad record in Dublin. We need to pull our socks up and improve our record in the Irish Cup. It is definitely one of our goals this year to have a good run in the competition and Saturday will be our first big test,” said Bushe who does not expect last week’s setback to have a negative impact on the team.

“Credit to Lisburn they played well and we were realistic to know we were going to be beaten sometime. To suffer our first defeat in June is no big problem. If anyone had said that at the start of the season,I’d have been happy enough.”

The Waringstown skipper, however, accepts it was no coincidence that the defeat was in the game that Kyle McCallan failed to reach 50 for the first time and knows his team-mates must “put their hands up” if they are to get back on the winning track.

CIYMS are the other team heading south tomorrow for a game against Merrion who were hoping to finish their Leinster Senior Cup tie against Malahide last night. But both teams are still without a league win so, as Bushe says, there is no excuse for the top two teams in the NCU returning home without a place in the Irish Cup quarter-finals.

Instonians and Civil Service North go north for their Irish Cup ties, at Coleraine and Glendermott respectively, leaving stay-at-home NCU fans with just two Ulster Bank Premier League fixtures, at North Down and Ballymena.

Tomorrow’s fixtures: Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup third round (12.30): Malahide v Waringstown, Merrion v CIYMS.

Ulster Bank Premier League (1.00): Ballymena v Lurgan, North Down v Downpatrick. SUNDAY: Civil Service North v North Down.

Section One: Armagh v Laurelvale, Bangor v Woodvale, Derriaghy v Cliftonville, Dundrum v Muckamore, Holywood v Saintfield. Sunday: Holywood v Woodvale, Saintfield v Muckamore

Section Two: Academy v Templepatrick, Dungannon v Donacloney, Dunmurry v Cooke Collegians, Millpark v Drumaness. Academy v Millpark.

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