Junior Cup semi-finals are nothing new to Gerry Love who has won the competition both as a player with Enniskillen Rangers and a manager with Enniskillen Town.

Now he is back within touching distance of a final as manager of Tummery Athletic although for the club this is a new experience as they are in their first ever Junior semi-final when they will take on Willowbank on Wednesday night in Stangmore Park.

“It is a first for the club and it will be a new occasion for some within the team but I would like to think that everybody is looking forward to it as much as I am,” he said.

And Love is in no doubt that his squad will deal with the occasion.

“We would have experienced players and good players who are more than capable of playing at this level. A Junior Cup semi-final is a great occasion and I hope that on the day the boys can deliver a performance,” he added.

He knows too that it is going to take a big performance if they are to overcome a strong Willowbank side.

“By all accounts they are a good side. I seen them play last year and from what I’ve heard, they have improved the squad this year. They have beaten Greenisland, who were in last year’s final, twice in recent weeks so they are going to be a very decent side.

“It is a semi-final, it’s a one off game and anything can happen but we will be going into it with a degree of confidence.

“It will be important for us to show the right desire and determination, we have to want to win it.

“The league is your bread and butter but you also aspire to get to cup finals and that will be the aim for us,” he declared.