Fivemiletown United will be hoping to continue their dream cup run when they travel to Lakeview Park to play NIFL Championship side Loughgall this Saturday in the fifth round of the Irish Cup - the first time in the club’s history that they have got this far in the competition.
Scott Robinson’s side have sprung a number of surprises so far in the competition to get to this stage, including victory away to Dundela in the last round, and he feels that if his side can contain Loughgall in the early stages then they are capable of taking another scalp on Saturday.
“It’s a game that the boys are really looking forward to, they deserve to be here and they have worked hard in training so we’ll be ready for it. I suppose the key for us is to stay in the game to half time and if we do that then I think that we’ll have every chance of going on and causing another surprise.
“We are a side who are full of energy, we have a lot of good footballers and we’ll be going there full of confidence,” said Robinson.
Robinson acknowledges that his side will be the underdogs in the game but he feels that all the pressure will be on the home side with a place in round six up for grabs for the winner.
“We know that it is going to be tough, they are a good side and they have some very good players. We can go there though and just have a go, there is no pressure on us,” he said.
Robinson took up the post in the summer and has put together a strong squad of players with the manager admitting that his biggest job is going to be picking his starting team for the game.
“Apart from those who have been missing long terms we should have a fully fit squad to pick from.
“As I say, the boys have trained really well so I’m going to have a few decisions to make in terms of team selection,” he commented.
One player who is sure to play a part, whether in the starting line up or coming off the bench is top scorer Paul Baron.
The experienced striker knows what it takes to do well in the Irish Cup having been part of the Dungannon Swifts squad that reached the final and Robinson’s says he is a key player in his set up.
“Paul is an important player for us. He brings a wealth of experience and he still knows where the net is having scored nine goals already this season. He also played for Loughgall previously and he knows a lot of the people at the club so it is a big game for him.”
And it is also a big game for the entire Fivemiletown United club.
“It is great for the club to be this far and there is a big crowd going up to the game which is great for the players. There is a great buzz around at the minute,” said Robinson.