Bangor boss Garth Scates believes his team may never have a ‘better opportunity’ of reaching the Irish Cup quarter finals ahead of Monday’s sixth round replay against Warrenpoint Town at Clandeboye Park.
The Seasiders battled out a scoreless draw at Milltown, but now want to finish the job in front of the home supporters. They go into the game in the best possible shape, having booked a place in the last eight of the Intermediate Cup following a 3-0 win over Larne at the weekend - Ethan Boylan bagging all three goals.
“It was a good workout,” said Scates.
“We dominated the second half.
“There was always going to be only one winner. Our movement off the ball was good. It was a good honest team performance.
“I was pleased for Ethan because things were not really going for him in the first 45 minutes. He didn’t stop he didn’t give up and was rewarded with a hat-trick.”
Scates declared his team now face another massive test against the Premiership new boys.
“It’s a daunting challenge, but there is an Irish Cup quarter final place up for grabs and that’s what we must focus on.
“We’ll perhaps never have a better chance of reaching the last eight.”
Veteran defender Colin Nixon returns to the team - he was ‘cup-tied’ for the Larne game - while Scates is hoping midfielder Tommy Wray will be available after injury.
However, Mark Cooling, the BT Sports players of the month for January nominated by the Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Association, is missing due to injury.
“Mark is out with a foot injury,” he added. “But there is every chance that Tommy Wray will be back. He took a knock in training on Thursday night, so I didn’t want to risk him against Larne.
“It’s a bonus of having Nicky back in the side, while Paul McDowell is also available.”