Homers geared up for Junior Cup final bid

Harryville Homers manager Robert Duddy.
Harryville Homers manager Robert Duddy.

Robert Duddy believes Harryville Homers will be in a stronger position for their re-arranged Irish Junior Cup semi-final this week.

The Ballymena Saturday Morning League champions face Lower Shankill in the last four clash at Inver Park, Larne, this Wednesday night (7.45pm) - two weeks after the initial meeting was postponed due to the inclement weather.

If I’m being honest, I wasn’t all that disappointed that the first game was off because we would have been down to the bare bones at that stage,

Harryville Homers manager Robert Duddy

“If I’m being honest, I wasn’t all that disappointed that the first game was off because we would have been down to the bare bones at that stage,” Duddy told Times Sport.

“We still have three players out with long-term injuries and a number of other players with the sort of niggles you get at this time of the season, with hard pitches and playing three or four matches a week.

“But on the plus side, we have Ryan Stewart, who would have missed the first game, back from working abroad.

“He’s not quite at full fitness yet but he has given us that extra wee bit of energy up and down the left flank.

“He has also scored three times since he came back, which isn’t bad for a left-back!”

Since the initial postponement, Homers now know that if they are successful against Lower Shankill, they will play Rosemount Rec in the May Day final.

“It’s a very short turnaround if we reach the final but to be honest, it’s hard to think beyond the next game.

“There is so much going on for us at the minute - even in the Saturday Morning League we have been playing cup finals, semi-finals and trying to hold off other teams who are challenging for the league title.

“Every game we play, we’re just keeping our fingers crossed that we don’t pick up any fresh injuries.

“We’re trying to freshen the squad as much as we can but also trying to keep the momentum going - it’s a bit of a juggling act at present,” added Robert.