Hill pleased with home draw in Cup

Ballyclare manager Eddie Hill. Photo: Presseye
Ballyclare manager Eddie Hill. Photo: Presseye

BALLYCLARE Comrades have been handed a home draw against Bangor in the quarter-final of the Steel and Sons Cup.

The teams met in the Irish Cup last year when the Seasiders triumphed at Dixon Park, so revenge must be high on the agenda come October 19.

Dundela and the Welders remain favourites to land the trophy, so thankfully Eddie Hill’s lads have avoided both approaching the final stages.

“There will be no easy matches at the quarter-final stage,” said Hill, “I am just pleased to have a home draw, irrespective of the opposition.

“However, I won’t be thinking too much about the Bangor match in the meantime, with my thoughts completely on this weekend’s clash with Dergview.

“I have unhappy memories of the last time we met at the beginning of last season when they walloped us 7-1 in Castlederg in the League Cup.

“At that time they were we were in Championship 2, and it was only our second game of the season. Dergview are an established Championship 1 side, but they haven’t been doing too well this season. The last time I looked at the league table they were only a couple of points above us, but we have two games in hand.

“It all points to being a close affair, and I hope that the fans will turn out in numbers at Dixon Park.

“Except for the defeat by Glentoran in the League Cup, we haven’t been beaten at home this season, so I hope that we will be able to deliver on this occasion.”