KILLEN Rangers Reserves manager Clive Morrison doesn’t accept that his team are firm favourites to win the Reihill Cup for a second time in the club’s history when they lock horns with NFC Kesh Reserves in the showpiece decider at Ferney Park tomorrow evening (Friday).
The Killen second string sit third in Reserve Division One and have claimed a number of major scalps, including Strathroy Harps Reserves and Enniskillen Town United Reserves, en route to the final while their opponents are third from bottom of the same division.
According to Morrison, who this season has been assisted by brother Ross, the table doesn’t do NFC Kesh Reserves justice and he is expecting a formidable challenge from the Crevenish Road second string.
“They beat us 5-2 earlier in the season and they have reached the final on merit,” said the Killen chief.
“They beat Mountjoy United Reserves in the semi-final who are currently top of the league.
“As I see it it’s a 50-50 game and every player will need to be top of his game if we’re going to collect the trophy. There’ll be no room for passengers.”
The one and only time Killen won the Reihill Cup was way back in 1999 when Robert Buchanan was manager and the final was played at St Julian’s Road, the former ground of the now defunct Omagh Town.
The previous season Kesh were first time winners and the Micheal Connolly Park outfit again triumphed in 2007.
This season Killen have saved some of their best displays for the cup with Gareth Milligan scoring in every round while veteran Andy Crawford has pulled the strings in midfield.
Another key performer has been Lee Williamson who took over between the sticks for the experienced Trevor Morrison around the turn of the year.
The stage is set for an intriguing encounter and Morrison is quietly confident that his charges can bring their A game to the party.
“Every player will have to give 100%. If they do that then I can’t ask anymore,”he said.
Tomorrow evening’s (Friday) showpiece final kicks off at 7.30pm.
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