RYAN Mayse insists Dungannon Swifts richly deserve another shot at winning a first senior trophy.
Swifts’ one and only final appearance was way back in 2007 when the Tyrone side, managed by Harry Fay, was defeated on penalties in the Irish Cup Final by Linfield.
On Saturday evening Ballymena United stand between Swifts and an historic BetMcLean League Cup win and Mayse insists he and his team-mates have earned the right to face David Jeffrey’s men in the showpiece decider.
“We don’t fear anyone, we beat the best team in the country, Crusaders 2-1 in the semis,” said the Newtown man.
“It hasn’t been a easy run in the cup. Newry gave us a tough game as did Warrenpoint and then we beat Ballyclare Comrades before the Crusaders game.
“We’ll give Ballymena United the utmost respect as we have done every other team in the competition.
“But Rod (McAree) will have a game plan and if we follow that game plan there is no reason why we can’t come down the road with the cup.”
Mayse rejoined Dungannon at the beginning of the season after a period during which he played for Strathroy Harps, Dergview and Ballinamallard.
The attacker though has always considered Swifts his club and is now looking forward to helping the Stangmore Park outfit secure their first piece of senior silverware.
“It’s what every player dreams of, playing in a final,” he added. “It’s going to be great day out. I think there are a lot of Newtown folk going up so there’ll be a lot of noise.
“It’s great, there’s a real buzz and everyone is looking forward to it. There’s a big following even from people down my part of the country and everyone you are chatting to is asking about you, asking about Dungannon and obviously the final itself.
“There is level of excitement within the group of players and like everyone else they’re looking forward to the occasion.
“I have no doubt if they give there all we can come down the road with the trophy.”
Asked if he was feeling any way nervous he added, “A man once told me pressure is for tyres and from my perspective it’s just another game of football.
“Obviously there’ll be a big crowd, it’ll be in the National Stadium. Maybe things will hit me an hour or two before it. Once the whistle goes it’ll be business as usual in concentrating on the game.”
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