Lisahally continue their search of completing a remarkable treble when they face BBOB in the City Cup Final, at Wilton Park, this Friday night (KO 6.45pm).
The Strathfoyle men have already clinched the First Division title and have already booked their place in the Matt Morrison Junior Cup Final, nevertheless Danny Brown, who along with Rory Kirk have managed Lisahally this season, believes they go into Friday evening’s final as underdogs.
“We are going into the cup final very confident and we have a full squad to choose from a squad of 20 men, so as I said everyone in the squad is confident ahead of the final,” stated Brown.
“This season we have beaten Drummond United, Foyle Wanderers, Tullyally and lost to Ardmore on penalties and they are all top teams in the Premier Division, so we have nothing to fear.”
Some might say that Lisahally go into the game as favourites, but Brown doesn’t agree and he admits clinching the First Division title has helped his side.
“I would like to think that the BB are the favourites they have a player like Joe McCready playing up front for them, who is one of the best junior players in the country, but hopefully we’ll be able to have a plan to try and stop him doing damage.
“The boys are now relaxed after winning the league and on Saturday against Greysteel we gave a few fringe players some game time, before going out to celebrate winning the league, but I also told the players that we would have two or three training sessions this week ahead of the final, as the season is far from over.”
As for BB boss Don Olphert he’s hoping it’s a case of seventh time lucky for his club.
The Waterside men have failed to ever lift the City Cup and have lost their previous six finals, a run which Olphert is keeping his fingers crossed will end this Friday evening.
“The City Cup is something the BB has never won in their history,” insisted Olphert.
“This will be the club’s seventh final, so it has eluded us for a long time so hopefully this year it will be seventh time lucky for us.
“If we perform on the night then we have a chance, but Lisahally are a good side and while I have watched them a couple of times, they hadn’t their full side on, so you couldn’t really judge them.
“But looking on their performances in the First Division and getting to both the City and Matt Morrison Junior Cup finals so you can’t beat that for a season.”
BB will be without Liam Doherty, after he dislocated his shoulder in the final league game of the season at Foyle Wanderers, while Gary Collett is doubtful.
Olphert feels with both sides possibly meeting in the Matt Morrison Junior Cup Final, a win this Friday could be important.
“It’s going to be a close final, Lisahally have beaten a few Premier Division side’s already this season and they are having a super, super season, so as I said it’s going to be a close affair,” he added.
“Look I feel a win could be a psychological advantage if the sides do go on and meet each other again in the Matt Morrison Final, but as it’s a cup final it really does depend who performs on the night.”