Scates on the lookout for ’keeper

�Russell Pritchard 17th February 2014'Irish Cup 6th Round replay match between Bangor and Warrenpoint at Clandeboye Park, Bangor'Bangors Goalkeeper. Paul Cairnduff in action at Monday nights replay.'�Russell Pritchard / Presseye
�Russell Pritchard 17th February 2014'Irish Cup 6th Round replay match between Bangor and Warrenpoint at Clandeboye Park, Bangor'Bangors Goalkeeper. Paul Cairnduff in action at Monday nights replay.'�Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Bangor manager Garth Scates is on the hunt for a new goalkeeper!

With regular number one Paul Cairnduff out injured, the responsibility has fallen on the shoulders of young Darren Gibbons, who is now the only recognised shot stopper at the club.

Gibbons will be between the posts for tomorrow’s Irish Cup fifth round tie against Brantwood at The Bangor Fuels Arena.

“We need cover for Darren,” admitted Scates. “Paul injured his knee in the League Cup defeat at Cliftonville. He has been for a scan this week, so we are no waiting on the results.

“Darren has done really well for us, but we require cover.”

Scates insists his boys will be taking nothing for a granted against a team that they rammed in eight goals against earlier this season.

“That game is now gone,” he said. “It was a Steel Cup tie . . . a one off. Everything we hit went into the net. Sometimes you have games like that.

“We’ll be treating Brantwood with respect they deserve. Apart from Paul (Cairnduff) we’ll have a full panel to choose from.”

With the County Antrim Shield final looming -- the Seasiders face Cliftonville on Tuesday night -- Scates is adamant he will not field a weakened side against Brantwood.

“We want to be in the draw for the next round, that’s our priority,” he added. “I intend to field the strongest team available. If the situations arises in terms of us going a few goals in front, then I may take the opportunity of pulling a few off.

“But Brantwood will be coming to our place looking for revenge for that earlier defeat... they also know they are in a win-win situation because we’ll be strong favourites. Our attitude must be right or we could end up with egg on our faces.”