Ballyclare Comrades’ dream of landing a plum Irish Cup tie against one of Belfast’s big four is still alive, but Kilmore Rec bar the way.
The Crossgar lads come to Dixon Park this afternoon for a fifth-round clash with a fine pedigree, having won most of the Amateur League silverware over the years before reaching the heights by capturing the Steel & Sons Cup four years ago.
The villagers owe much of their success to an established youth set-up that has produced current Linfield aces Andy Waterworth and Michael Carvill, as well as ex-Northern Ireland international Peter Kennedy.
Former Cliftonville man Mark Holland is now at the helm and in the current Premier Division campaign his side has lost only twice.
Comrades manager Eddie Hill is only too aware of the task ahead.
“Any team under Mark Holland will be well disciplined and well organised, so this is a banana-skin clash as far as we are concerned,” he said.
“Amateur League clubs usually field strong physical sides, so we know what to expect. We beat them a couple of seasons ago in one of the cups, so hopefully we can do it again.
Asked about Saturday’s thrilling 5-3 win against Dundela, Hill added: “All the drama was in injury-time. They equalised, we regained the lead from the penalty spot, and then big Trussell completed his hat-trick to give us a 5-3 win.
“Dundela are up there around the top of the table, and they are never far away when the silverware is being handed out, so I am delighted.”