SML round-up: Homers, Saints clash in second final of season on Friday night

Braid player Alan Smyth gets tackled by his Inver opponent during their match last week. INBT03-219AC
Braid player Alan Smyth gets tackled by his Inver opponent during their match last week. INBT03-219AC

THE County Antrim Post sponsored O’Kane Cup Final takes place this Friday between holders Harryville Homers and All Saints OB - who also contested the season’s first trophy, the Top Four Final - at the Ballymena Showgrounds Main Arena.

That game saw Homers’ only defeat so far this season; they are undefeated in the League and into the last 16 of the Junior Shield so they are having a great season.

In goal, Ryan Martin is a superb young keeper who on his day can be Homers’ saviour and in front of him, David Gibson and Ian Russell form the heart of the Homers defence.

In midfield Darren Campbell and Gary Baird work well together forming the heartbeat of the Homers side and both have an eye for goal with Campbell on the score sheet in his last two games.

On the wings Homers have pace to burn in the form of Alan Rainey and Mark McKay who will undoubtedly cause Saints problems in the final.

The strike partnership of Paul McNeill and Gary Bonnes has blossomed from the start of the season but with Jason Magill hitting a brace for Homers and Russell Craig hitting a hat trick at the weekend, manager Robert Duddy has a selection problem on whom to start up front.

League Champions Saints went out of the Junior Shield on Saturday and will want to bounce back straight away.

Saints will have Brian Martin in goals and he on his day is one of the best keepers in the League.

Chris Wilkinson missed out in the Shield match as he was ineligible but he showed in the Top Four Final he is an important part of the Saints defence.

Midfield has proved to be a problem position for Saints this season as they’ve failed to get a settled line up in there due to injuries to a lot of key players at different stages of the season and the loss of Ryan Lyness with a broken leg has been a major blow. but Stephen Tully might be fit to play after three weeks out.

Like Homers, Saints have an abundance of attacking options with Gavin Burnside, Peter McReynolds and Aaron Wilkinson all capable of winning a game on their own on any given day.

This is round two of the matches between these two strong teams which makes for an enthralling final which is definitely not to be missed.

Kick Off is 7.45 pm with the only entrance for spectators at the Slemish Drive Entrance beside the Ballymena United Sport and Social Club

Fot ful reports, results, fixtures and league tables, don’t miss this week’s Ballymena/Antrim Times.