Irish Cup success remains on Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin’s radar

CUP AMBITION: Tommy Breslin
CUP AMBITION: Tommy Breslin

Tommy Breslin may have a massive title race to contend with but he insists Cliftonville are also up for the cup.

The Reds currently lead the way at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership table as they set their sights on a first league championship in 15 years.

But despite the club’s focus being firmly fixated on the Gibson Cup, Breslin insists the Irish Cup remains a “big target” this season.

“We are certainly not taking the cup lightly, even if it is a welcome distraction,” he said.

“We are doing well in the league and it is the main priority, but we want a decent cup run.

“We will take Saturday’s game as it comes. It is a busy time of the season, and we have a league game on Tuesday to deal with also.

“So we will see how the players are and select a team which we think can win on Saturday.”

Cliftonville welcome Ballinamallard United to Solitude for Saturday’s fifth round tie.

The Mallards have already tasted success at the North Belfast venue, having claimed a 1-0 Premiership win back in August.

“They are a good side with good players, and a big part of the rest of their season will depend on the Irish Cup,” Breslin said.

“Ballinamallard have done remarkably well this year. They have maybe slipped down the table a little bit for they are a quality side.

“Saturday is one of only three all-Premiership ties in the fifth round draw. It is going to be a big test for us but hopefully we can get into the hat for the sixth round.”