We are back on the cup trail this Saturday as we look to keep both hands on the Sadlers Peaky Blinders Irish Cup we won back in May. Between us and the next round stand Carrick Rangers who we play at the Belfast Loughshore Arena (3pm) and a great game is in prospect.
Crusaders are in great form at the minute and broke a club record last week with a record sixth clean sheet in a row as the league and cup unbeaten run continues. We wait too see if Stephen Baxter makes changes in the side like he has in the cup competitions so far this season. It is hard tp forecast but Sean O'Neill could start in nets and a debut may be on the cards for loan signing Cameron Dummigan at right back. Howard Beverland, Chris Hegarty and Michael Ruddy are also available to fill in across the back if chosen. Midfield could be tweaked with David Cushley, Ross Clarke and Paul McElroy looking to start after being on the bench last week while Jamie McGonigle and Jordan Owens remain available as their partnership goes from strength to strength.
Carrick Rangers will be without Stewart Nixon who has left to join Coleraine but Niall Currie still has enough talent in the squad to put out a team ready to do battle. The last time the two sides met was in November with Crusaders winning 3-1 scoring two goals in injury time. Carrick have also been busy in the transfer market elsewhere with several "in and outs" so we wait too see if any new players get the nod for this game. We will be up against several ex Crusaders players including Harry Doherty, who of course done nets for us in last seasons Irish Cup Final victory, William Faulkner and Lloyd Anderson who has been in fine form of late.
So all set for a real cup tie and we want you to be there in red and black. The game has a 3pm kick off and admission at the turnstile are £12 Adult and £8 Concession. It is only a short trip down the road to Carrick so let's go in numbers and get fully behind Stephen and the team. Sing loud and sing proud and push the lads on as we look to progress towards hopefully another cup final in May and the chance to retain the Irish Cup. Keep The Faith.