It is 30 years since Enniskillen lost out to Ballynahinch in the final of the Towns’ Cup, and a generation on from that extra time defeat the current Skins side are hoping to gain revenge and bring the trophy back to Mullaghmeen for the first time since 1937.

The club’s Senior Vice President Pat Cassidy was a veteran of that 1987 encounter against Monday’s opponents and he believes the current crop of players is the best the club has seen since the title winning side he played alongside.

“I would say it is the best squad we have had since 1987 and it would be nice to have something to show for it,” he said.

“I am hopeful. I think the fact we were in the final last year will stand the boys in good stead. They were a little bit overawed last time in the first half but they put in an excellent second half performance, and if they manage to put in a good start on Monday then we can but hope.”

Pat started his Enniskillen rugby career in the late 1960s and has been a fixture around the club ever since apart from a short spell with Queens.

The former Chairman and President has seen many ups and downs in his time at the club, and he is relishing the buzz around Mullaghmeen following last season’s promotion to the top division.

“There has been a great atmosphere about the club this season, with us being back in section one,” he said.

“Everyone is very happy with the way the season has turned out. Initially we would have been very happy if we finished in the top half of the division but as the season went on and we had new players come on board, our ability to score tries soon became evident. We got into a run of form just after Christmas and it has played dividends.”

A good season would become a great season with the addition of a cup victory, and Pat admits that a win on Monday would go down in club history. “It would be fantastic,” he admitted.

“We haven’t won it since 1937 and although we have been in several finals since then, including last year, we haven’t managed to get our hands on the cup. Ballynahinch take this competition very seriously, as do we.

“It’s probably the most keenly contested of all the Junior competitions in Ulster.

“It would be a major achievement for the club and it would be just reward for the efforts the boys have put in over the last couple of seasons. There are a lot of people heading up that direction on Monday and we are all looking forward to it.”