Bumper crowd expected for Junior Cup ‘derby’ in Ahoghill

Harryville Homers take on Saturday Morning League neighbours Ahoghill Thistle in their latest defence of the Coca-Cola IFA Junior Cup on Saturday.

Harryville Homers take on Saturday Morning League neighbours Ahoghill Thistle in their latest defence of the Coca-Cola IFA Junior Cup on Saturday.

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Harryville Homers’ defence of the Coca-Cola IFA Junior Cup will face its toughest test to date this weekend.

The Ballymena men travel to neighbours Ahoghill Thistle on Saturday in the third round of the Province’s Blue Riband junior football competition (1.30pm).

Having dominated the firmus energy Saturday Morning League scene last scene, Homers went one better on the bigger stage, becoming the first team in Morning League history to win the coveted trophy, having been beaten in the final the previous season.

And Robert Duddy’s men have shown no signs of taking their foot off the pedal, after strengthening their squad further in the summer as they attempt to underline their dominance at local and national level.

Homers have already passed the 100 goal mark for the season and have lost just once.

That defeat came at the hands of Saturday’s opponents Thistle, who eliminated them from the Top Four Trophy, thereby ending Homers’ hopes of completing another clean sweep of trophies.

The match is one of the most eagerly-awaited junior fixtures in recent years and the Irish Football Association has selected the game as its tie of the round.

A bumper crowd is expected at the Cullybackey Road venue and the attendance is likely to be swelled by the afternoon kick-off as players and supporters of other Morning League clubs, who will have played their matches that morning.