Ballynahinch United boss Colin Murray plays down cup expectations

HOPEFUL: The Ballynahinch United team
HOPEFUL: The Ballynahinch United team

Ballynahinch United manager Colin Murray could easily be accused of some amateur psychology ahead of this weekend’s Irish Cup.

The Amateur League 1B minnows are preparing for a massive fifth round clash with Premiership giants Coleraine.

The Bannsiders will be expected to progress with a degree of panache and flair at the Showgrounds.

‘Hinch boss Murray believes it will be a case of “damage limitation” for his boys on the Ballycastle Road.

He even insists his primary focus is on the “bread and butter” issue of a derby tussle with Temple Rangers the following week.

It all sounds very Mourinho-esque from the excited boss, but he insists he is only taking a realistic approach to the game.

“I am being honest. I am not trying to be clever or deflect attention onto Coleraine,” he laughs.

“In a perfect world we will pull off the unbelievable and win, but I am preparing for an afternoon of damage limitation.

“We will enjoy it, and I just hope the lads don’t freeze on their big day. This is probably the biggest game in the club’s history. They won the Border Cup in the 1980s, but this would probably eclipse even that.

“We have got a new kit sponsored and new training gear and we will make a day of it. But I think it will take a miracle for Ballynahinch to be in the hat for the next round.”