Tobermore United’s hot-shot centre-forward Neil Lamont believes new manager Jim Scott can inspire the Championship One side to Craig Memorial success.
Since Scott replaced Oliver McAuley, Tobermore have climbed the table with a number surprise victories.
Tobermore will face Limavady United in the festive final at Fortwilliam Park, Tobermore on Boxing Day.
Lamont said: “Jim has done an excellent job so far and I’m pleased to hear that he will be staying on until the end of the season. He’s played the game at this level for a lot of years, so the players respect him and he gets on well with everybody at the club.
“Now everyone is thinking about Boxing Day. It will be tough but the whole team is buzzing for the game.”
Limavady United boss Adrian McLaughlin expects an incredibly tight cup final.
“Last time we played Tobermore we beat them 2-0, so we can take a lot of heart from that. Of course they’ve got home advantage and have improved since then. They’re in a false position in the league table and I rate them as an excellent side.
“We’ve been patchy at times this season, but I know we’re capable of beating Tobermore.
“It’s going to be a very tough game and I honestly think it could be settled with one kick.”