Moyola Park boss Mervyn Pattison hoping players can rise to the occasion against Glenavon in Irish Cup

Moyola Park boss Mervyn Pattison
Moyola Park boss Mervyn Pattison

Moyola Park boss Mervyn Pattison has urged his players to ‘seize the moment’ against Glenavon in the Irish Cup on Saturday afternoon.

The Championship 2 underdogs are preparing for a massive fifth round tie against the holders at Mill Meadow (3pm kick-off).

Moyola were the first-ever winners of the Irish Cup back on April 9, 1881.

And as they prepare to meet last season’s champions, boss Pattison admits his players are relishing the challenge.

“It’s that old cliche, but we have nothing to lose,” he said.

“We certainly haven’t been putting any pressure on the players going into the game. They are looking forward to it, and hopefully they can give a good account of themselves and enjoy the occasion.

“There has been a buzz around the place for the past fortnight or so, and there should be a decent crowd down.

“It is a bonus for the players to play Premiership opposition in the Irish Cup. Also the fact that Glenavon are the holders just adds to the occasion.”

Moyola Park have been installed as 8/1 underdogs for today’s fifth round tie against Gary Hamilton’s side.

“They are a quality side with so much attacking threat. So we expect to be busy,” Pattison added.

“That’s what you get with Premiership opposition. We know it will be a massive test for us, but we have to go out and play our own game and give a good account of ourselves.

“If we do that then I will be satisfied.”

All of today’s Irish Cup fifth round ties at a glance (kick-off 3pm unless stated): Annagh United v Ballyclare Comrades; Armagh City v Newtowne; Ballymena United v Crumlin Star; Bangor v Brantwood; Cliftonville v Ards Rangers; Coleraine v Warrenpoint Town; Crusaders v Newington YC; Dungannon Swifts v

Ballinamallard United; Glentoran v Ards; HW Welders v Derriaghy CC (1:30pm); Institute v Loughgall; Larne v Carrick Rangers; Moyola Park v Glenavon; Portstewart v Dundela (1:30pm); PSNI v Portadown (1:30pm); Tobermore United v Linfield (1:30pm).