STRATHROY Harps boss Seamus Fanthorpe believes that Saturday’s hard fought victory over Irvinestown Wanderers will serve his players well in the latter stages of the Coca Cola Irish Junior Cup.
The quarter-final draw took place in IFA headquarters last night (Wednesday) and Harps were keeping their fingers crossed they would be handed another home draw.
On Saturday past goals by Darren Teague, Mark Sloan and Tony Quinn helped the holders see off the challenge of a spirited Irvinestown Wanderers who can count themselves a little unlucky not to have forced the riveting last-16 tie into overtime.
A determined Harps ultimately survived and Fanthorpe is in no doubt the rigorous examination of his team’s credentials will prove highly beneficial in the final rounds.
“We will take a lot from that game, we learned a lot about ourselves today,” said the former Omagh Town defender.
“We certainly got more out of it had we beaten them four or five nil.
“The boys were well up for it, and Irvinestown knew what the likes of Tony Quinn and Darren Teague would bring to the table.”
“But it was nothing more than I expected to be honest, it was always going to be the case when playing a team from your own league.
“To be fair to Irvinestown I thought they may have went a wee bit defensive by playing five in midfield and making it difficult for us but they went 4-4-2.
“At one stage in the second half they had pushed three up front and they give it a real go. I must credit them for that.”