BOB KERR IRISH SENIOR CUP PREVIEW


IT'S been 12 years since Limavady last clashed with weekend rivals Leinster in the Irish Senior Cup.

The venue on the day was Beechgrove, with the local side running out comfortable 10 wicket winners over their Dublin opponents in the 1997 final. It was that man ‘Decker' Curry who stole the show, smashing 102 not out as he and current captain David Cooke successfully chased down a modest total of 172-6.

Ian McGregor sat patiently with the pads on, waiting to come to the crease if needed at number three, but wasn't required, as the Roesiders comfortably passed the finishing line with all 10 wickets intact.

All three players will be on the Limavady team bus to Dublin this Saturday as the Roesiders aim to make it into another Irish Cup final.

'I have vague memories of that day', said Ian McGregor.

'It was great to watch Davy and Decker do the work. I think Decker was dropped early on in the covers, but after that we settled and looked pretty comfortable throughout. I was happy to sit and watch the boys secure the win.'

The Limavady man will be hoping for a similar result this weekend.

'It's difficult to judge what to expect when you play these sides. Dublin teams in particular are always difficult to play against. Most have a good mixture of solid home based players with a few decent overseas guys in the mix and we are expecting a tough game. You don't reach the semi finals of the Irish Cup through luck.'

But the Roeside batsman is positive ahead of the big cup tie.

'We are a positive thinking team and we go into every game we play thinking we can win. We always respect our opponents, but we believe when we perform to our potential, we are a match for any club side in Ireland. We always back ourselves and it will be no different on Saturday.'

When asked if he would prefer a league medal or Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup medal come the end of the season, Ian said: 'That's not a fair question. It's been too long without either, so I'd have to say both. It was extremely frustrating having an idle weekend last week with the NW Senior Cup final and I'm hoping we can use that frustration in a positive way this weekend in Dublin.

I couldn't pick which I want more between the league or Irish Cup, so I'll have to say both. It's a tough ask but that's the aim and we'll be giving it our best shot.'