The fifth round of the Irish Junior Cup takes centre stage this Saturday with four local sides in action.
The draw has been kind with three of the four given home ties. There are also two important games in the Premier Division, while on Friday night the League Cup final between Ardmore and Claudy Rovers, takes place at the Limavady Showgrounds.
Irish Junior Cup
Foyle Wanderers v Tullymore Swifts
The Wanderers are having their best season ever and they have assembled a first class side who are all playing for each other.
Ace goal scorer Robbie Godfrey is on fire and he has been getting good assistance from those around him. Tommy Wray returned at the back last week and had a first class game.
The visitors are lying bottom of the Belfast and District Premier Division with just one league win this season. However they have reserved their best performances for this competition so they can’t be taken lightly. The Wanderers to win.
Prediction: Foyle Wanderers
BBOB v Ballysillan YM
The Old Boys were involved in a seven-goal thriller with Foyle Wanderers last week. Their strikeforce as usual produced the goods however manager Don Olphert couldn’t have been happy with his defence who conceded four.
Their Belfast opponents also play in the Premier Division of the Belfast and District league and are lying in mid table. However they have conceded 35 goals in 12 games so it is obvious where their weakness lies.
Churchill v Raceview
The men from Wilton Park have done brilliantly to have reached this stage of the competition. They have gone into every game as the underdogs but managed to go through. Manager Stuart Smallwoods will be looking to pull off another shock.
Raceview have a decent record in this competition. They are reportedly a big physical side who are having a good season and they may end the home side’s interest.
Lower Shankill v Drummond
The Shankill men had a big 8-0 win in the Clarence Cup last week so they will go into this one full of confidence. They have a proud record in this cup and they will want that to continue.
Drummond sit proudly at the top of the Premier Division and although that is their main priority this season they would certainly love to continue their run in this cup. They are capable of doing just that.
Lincoln Courts v Caw
This Waterside derby is always keenly contested. It has been well documented about the poor season the Courts are having and they know that for a club with their reputation that it is not good enough.
Caw have had a number of personnel changes and it has taken them a while to bed in however the signs are looking good this could end all square.
Prediction: Score draw
Irish Street v Tullyally
Mark McKittrick’s Irish Street side are desperate for points as they are staring relegation in the face. If they can survive they will need to strengthen if they are to compete in the top tier. Tullyally are sitting in their usual mid-table position. They are probably two or three players short of being able to challenge for trophies and that may happen next season.