Its fire again for the Sky Blues, as they visit the reigning champions, Crues. Just over a month has elapsed since United dumped the hatchet-men out of the County Antrim Shield with a 2-0 victory. The Crues, it has to be said, were especially subdued that Tuesday night, but their league form has been exhilarating to say the least and we must expect a sterner test tomorrow, with 3 league points up for grabs.
We at 'Sport expect Spike, to select almost the same team as last Saturday, providing young Matty, has recovered from injury, but he will have to find a replacement for the suspended Tony Kane. Maybe his namesake, Owen, will come into the reckoning or maybe the forgotten Nathan Hanley, will start against his former club, but we need at least one tackler in midfield to complement Thommo and Jenks.
Spike's 4,3,3, formation worked against Portadown and maybe it could work against the hatchet-men, who like to play 'hoof ball' and fight for secondary possession, on the narrow Seaview pitch. But we need everybody focused tomorrow, we can't afford to carry any passengers, as the Crues will punish our every mistake. Spike, in an interview today hinted that Maggers, could come into the reckoning, with his no-nonsense approach.
But we think the pace will be too lively for Maggers, better to use him as impact sub in the 2nd half, but Spike, knows best. We have another of the new breed of refs, Keith Kennedy, but it least he didn't disgrace himself as that Dick Head Crangle and his underling Ian McNabb, did on the BBC programme, 'Due North'. Maybe he's saving himself for tomorrow's game, but he can't be any worse that last weeks whistler, Heth, for he was the pits.
The forecast is for gales and rain, but the artificial turf at Seaview should be alright for playing on, whatever the weather. The Crues have an edge, but if we can defend (chance would be a fine thing) and get a bit of luck, we maybe could cause an upset, but it would take an enormous effort on our players parts. But its not over to the 'fat lady sings' and Crues have just the fat lady in Ogre, so come on Sky Blues, lets shag those Paper Tigers!