TENNENT’S IRISH CUP: Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron wary of trip to face Banbridge Town

Carrick chief Gary Haveron
Carrick chief Gary Haveron

Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron admits his side faces a genuine ‘banana skin tie’ in the Tennent’s Irish Cup on Saturday.

The Premiership strugglers travel to meet Championship 2 underdogs Banbridge Town in a tricky fifth round tie (1.30pm).

And Haveron insists he is under no illusions going into the clash.

“It is going to be a tough test for us. Banbridge might be in Championship 2, but they are a good side and they will be up for it.

“We know nothing less than our best will be enough to make sure we are in the hat for the next round.

“So we know what to expect and we know we will need to put in a good performance.

“We look at the Banbridge game as being a chance to build some momentum following a frustrating spell for us.

“Obviously we have had a lot of home games postponed due to the weather, so it will be good to get out there and play football again.

“We will be favourites going into Saturday’s game, but we are well aware that shocks do happen in football.

“Last season when we were in the Championship, we played Institute who were in the Premiership. We viewed it as an opportunity, and I am sure Banbridge will view this is as a chance to claim a scalp and progress in the cup.”