Cliftonville midfielder Chris Curran is a doubtful starter for Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership showdown against Glentoran at The Oval.
The former Ballinamallard United player sustained an injury in the League Cup win at Warrenpoint Town in midweek.
“It was a horrible night. The game was played in atrocious conditions,” said Reds boss Gerard Lyttle. “It was just one of those nights. We were stuck in traffic going to the game. We just wanted to get in and get the job done and get home again.
“Chris was one of quite a few players who picked up a little niggle. We’ll assess them before Saturday’s game.
“The main thing is we got through to the final again. It’s quite an achievement to reach the League Cup final on four successive occasions.
“We’ll certainly be taking nothing for granted against Ards in the final. Any side that beats Coleraine – albeit on a penalty shoot-out – deserves respect.
“But that’s further down the line. That game will look after itself when it comes around.
“Our priority is the game at Glentoran. It’s usually a tasty affair when the team meet and I’m sure this one will be no different.”
Lyttle insists it’s vital his team take something from the game, especially with the heavy festive programme looming.
“In an ideal world, we would like the be going into the Boxing Day game against Crusaders with the gap closed a little bit, but it doesn’t always work.”