This Saturday is Sadlers Peaky Blinders Irish Cup Quarter Final day and Crusaders travel to East Belfast to play Glentoran in the game of the day. Crusaders of course are the current holders of the trophy and are keen to retain the trophy but Glentoran will be out to avenge last years defeat when Crusaders put them out of the competition.
Stephan Baxter may consider changes to his side after last weeks heavy defeat to Linfield in the Premiership. Gerard Doherty may be in nets again but the back four could be rearranged with Billy Joe Burns expected back after illness and Howard Beverland suspended after his sending off in his last game. Chris Hegarty may be drafted in if Rodney Brown is rested with Cameron Dummigan and Jarlath O'Rourke making up the back four. Rory Hale could get a start for this one and it could mean Declan Caddell or Philip Lowry starting on the bench. David Cushley remains ready to partner Jamie McGonigle or Jordan Owens if the chance comes along. Crusaders have reached this stage by beating Dundela 3-0 at Seaview and Carrick Rangers 5-1 at Belfast Loughshore Arena.
Glentoran have been a surprise package this season and have bought big with the backing of their new owner. and supporters are keen to see a return. Mick McDermott will want a reaction from his players after two draws and a defeat in the last three games and will pick his best eleven. Players to watch include David Nasswei, Paul O'Neill and Van Overbeek while defensively Patrick McClean is in great form. Glentoran have reached this stage of the competition by beating Portadown on penalties after the game ending 2-2 at The Oval and Queens University 3-2 at The Dub.
We want you with us at The Oval in this massive game and tickets are available on https://www.glentoran.com/tickets There will also be a CASH GATE at the game.
Crusaders supporters are reminded they will enter the ground through the cage that can be accessed from Dee Street Bridge or via Banbury Street on the left hand side of Mersey Street Crusaders supporters will NOT be allowed to enter via the turnstiles they normally use at The Oval although disabled supporters can still access the ground via Parkgate Drive and will be escorted to the City End of the ground.
So let's see you get behind the team from the start and keep the jorney going to the National Stadium in May. Kepp The Faith.