Homers face step into unknown in Junior Cup final

Deputy Mayor of Mid & east Antrim Council, Councillor Timothy Gaston, presents Harryville Homers manager Robert Duddy with a plaque which will be presented to opponents Rosemount Rec prior to Monday's IFA Irish Junior Cup final.
Deputy Mayor of Mid & east Antrim Council, Councillor Timothy Gaston, presents Harryville Homers manager Robert Duddy with a plaque which will be presented to opponents Rosemount Rec prior to Monday's IFA Irish Junior Cup final.

Robert Duddy admits his Harryville Homers side face something of a trip into the unknown as they bid to retain the IFA Irish Junior Cup.

Homers take on Rosemount Rec in the May Day Monday showpiece at Coagh’s Hagan Park ground (2.30pm) and Duddy admits he knows little about the Ballymena men’s Greyabbey-based opponents.

“To be honest, I wasn’t expecting them to beat Hill Street in their semi-final but it shows that anything can happen on the day.

“It’s going to be very difficult to get a decent look at them because it’s such a short turnaround between the semi-final and final and we’re playing virtually four times a week at the minute.

“I would imagine Rosemount will have watched our semi-final and hopefully they think we’re not up to much because we didn’t play particularly well.

“We will need to make the pitch bigger than we did against Lower Shankill and in the end, I was just relieved to get through on penalties - I thought my heart was going to come out of my chest during extra time!

“All the boys are buzzing about the final but our busy schedule is actually a good thing because it means we don’t have time to spend thinking about the Junior Cup final all the time.

“At the start of the season we said that having another good go at the Junior Cup was something that we wanted to do

“Winning the Junior Cup last year was a marvellous achievement but to win it back-to-back would be incredible,” added Robert.