MOUNTJOY United boss David Gilfillan is hoping the lack of competitive action recently will not hamper his side’s chances of progressing to the last-16 of the Irish Junior Cup today (Saturday).
United is the only Tyrone team playing in the Fermanagh and Western League left standing in the prestigious knockout competition and today they’ll bid to advance further when they host North Belfast opponents Beann Mhadaghain at Lisnagirr Road.
However Gilfillan’s team haven’t played a game since defeating Lower Shankill 7-2 in the previous round back in November and that is of some concern to the manager.
“We’re are optimistic about our chances on Saturday however we haven’t played a game in six weeks,” said Gilfillan.
“That’s one of the reasons why I organised a friendly against Strule United at Youth Sport Omagh on Monday night.
“That apart we have to be quietly confident of progressing. Home advantage is still a big thing in the Junior when playing against unknown opposition.
“I’ve been doing a bit of research on our opponents and by the looks of things they are having a very good season. They haven’t been beaten in the league and I’m told they are quite a physical side.”
So far Beann Mhadaghain have defeated Institute Reserves, Bangor YM and Immaculata seconds while Mountjoy, who have completed the signing of Ardstraw’s Derek Matthews, have accounted for St Malachy’s, Comber Rec seconds and, of course, last time out Lower Shankill.
Mountjoy, too, have been scoring freely in the premier cup competition, netting 18 times in just three rounds.
They are one of only three Fermanagh and Western League sides remaining in the knockout tournament.
Holders Enniskillen Rangers are away to Riada, who have already accounted for both Dergview Reserves and Fintona Swifts while Lisbellaw United host HW Welders U20s.
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