Mervyn Pattison not ruling out a cup shock

James Costello has left Dungannon Swifts
James Costello has left Dungannon Swifts

MOYOLA Park boss Mervyn Pattison insists winning the Irish Cup is out of the question, but he is not ruling out a shock when his team roll out the welcome mat for Dungannon Swifts at Castledawson.

Incredibly, Moyola were the first ever winners off the trophy, way back in 1881.

Pattison, however, will not be waging any money on a repeat.

“It’s something the club is very proud of,” he said.

“It’s a great claim to fame, but it would be asking a lot for a Championship Two side to do it again.”

Dungannon have signed Marc Brolly to the end of the season, while striker James Costello has joined Loughgall on an 18-month deal.

LIMAVADY United chief Neil Mullan has been active in the transfer window, snapping up Jason Blackburn, Neil Harkin and Mark Scoltock.

He has also secured the services of Stuart McMullan on loan form Coleraine until the end of the season.

United tomorrow visit Queen’s University and Mullan knows it will be a test of character for his boys.

“We are bottom of Championship One, hopefully not for long, whereas Queen’s are second in Championship Two, so that tells us we are in for a testing 90 minutes,” he said.

Niall Currie is hoping a break from the pressure of the Premier League will have a positive effect on his struggling ARDS side, who face Armagh City at Holm Park.

The basement battlers last night signed Sean Cleary on loan from Crusaders to bolster their ranks.

“We are on the road again, but it’s a chance for us to put a smile back on the faces or four fans,” said Currie.

CARRICK Rangers gaffer Gary Haveron will look to end a four game run of defeats when his team entertain Dundela at Taylor’s Avenue.

The Rangers’ trauma continued at the weekend when they lost away to Dergview.

Peter Kennoway will be targetting a repeat performance when Glebe Rangers make the journey to Clandeboye Park to face Bangor for an intriguing Irish Cup fifth round clash.

The free-scoring midfielder hit two crucial goals in the previous round against Ardglass at the Joey Dunlop Centre to ensure his team’s involvement tomorrow.

Manager Peter Cairns stages: “It’s a great achievement for the club to reach this stage, so we aim to enjoy it.”