DERGVIEW will continue their bid for Coca Cola Intermediate League Cup glory when Tommy Canning’s charges lock horns with Championship Two opponents Banbridge Town at Darragh Park on Saturday bidding for a place in the semi-finals.
Last season the Castlederg side reached the showpiece final only to beaten 2-1 by the now defunct Newry City.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. Harry McConkey resigned immediately following the final defeat, no fewer than five quality players opted for pastures new while new manager Tommy Canning has since been actively rebuilding a team to challenge at the top end of Championship One.
So far results have been something of a mixed bag although Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Coagh United all but ended any lingering concerns over relegation. In fact, Canning has challenged his charges to finish the season with a flourish and that includes going one step better in the Intermediate Cup.
Dergview have recorded victories over the likes Moyola Park, 1st Bangor and Cliftonville Olympic in the cup and they will be hoping to add an improving Town to that list on Saturday. Canning was delighted to have been handed a home draw and is quietly confident his charges can again produce the goods come Saturday.
“Our performances recently haven’t been that good but we have been getting the results,” he said. It’s the time of the year when results are all that matters and on Saturday I would much prefer to get the result and produce a poor performance rather than the other way around.”
Dergview will go into the last eight tie without the services of combative midfielder Blaine Burns who was sent off in Saturday’s narrow win at Coagh but that apart Canning will have a full deck at his disposal.