United manager Roy Walker is faced with a dilemma in picking the side to face third placed Cliftonville, who have come on leaps and bounds since the Sky Blues beat them at their ground in a 4-3 thriller, back in September. Well if Roy's nerve can stand it, he'll pick the team that started on Weds night at Dergview and hope against hope, they aren't as slip-shod in defence as they were the first 20 mins on Weds night. Or does he go for the line-up that started the Portadown match, a negative team, who if they had taken their chances at not let in two soft goals, should have got something from the match.
The Sky Blue Sport team are all for the old thinking, the best means of defence is attack, or as the immortal Jonesy said in Dads Army, 'they don't like it up em' and we have to get them unsettled. There is a doubt about Eamon Murray's fitness, having missed pre-season and not trained as much as Walker would have liked as last while, but he does give us another dimension in attack and he'll give the Cliftonville defence something to think about. Maybe he can play for an hour like he did on Weds night and hope the match is won by then. Cliftonville have unearthed a young talent in Rory Donnelly and we'll have to keep an eye on him and not forgetting Chris Scannel and Barry Johnstone, both coming back into form.
It was nice to see Ally Teggart and Jordan Baker coming back into form also on Weds night and we hope they continue on the same vein tomorrow. Now a mention about the hottest property in the Irish league, we refer of course to none other than United striker, Gary McCutcheon, the man who's scored 20 goals in 20 matches, 15 in the league, a phenomenal record when you consider our league position. If hadn't been for Cutch's prolific scoring, we'd be fighting for the scraps off the table from Distillery and Glenavon. But we hope Jordan and Ally can take some of the pressure off him, we'll set a target of say 6 goals between them from now to Christmas, that shouldn't be too difficult. So it's all systems go for our second victory at home, come on Sky Blues, let's shag those chickens!