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Villagers in hunt for famous league and cup double

Thursday, 18 May 2017

LAST Saturday afternoon they lifted the Mid-Ulster Intermediate B title at the first attempt and this Friday evening Richhill AFC have the opportunity to claim a famous league and cup double just one year after the club was formed.

Richhill AFC manager Neil Rowntree said that his side are hungry for more and is hopeful his side can see off a talented Craigavon City side at Holm Park on Friday night (May 19).

"I'll be honest - there is very little between the two sides and both games this season have been very tightly contested.

"If anything playing the game at Holm Park might suit them more than it would for us, as Craigavon City play their home games on a 3G pitch at Drumgor.

"It is a cup final and they will go into the game as underdogs.

"Anything can happen in cup finals and before the amalgamation of Broomhill and Richhill, we played Moneyslane in the Alan Wilson Cup final and they were heavy favourites and we turned them over." Rowntree admitted that he won't pay much attention to Craigavon's poor end to the league season.

"In our last game it was very close in the first half and in the second half they took off a few key players as they had a cup final coming up and we took advantage of that.

"In the first game it was very close and it ended all square, so there is very little between the two teams.

"Over the last few weeks they have used a few younger players, but I know that if they are at full strength then they will be a very difficult opponent come Friday at 7.30pm! "It is a real 50/50 cup final, but I know that when we are on top form then we can beat anyone in the Mid-Ulster and we want to end the season on a high." Rowntree said it has been a roller-coaster first season for the club and he said that the interest in the team around the village is at an all time high.

"We had a massive support down at Silverwood on Saturday for the league presentation and we know that we will be well backed come Friday evening.

"To be honest I don't care if there is 500 people there or one man and his dog, all I want to do is win and end the season with a league and cup double.

"There has been a real rise in the interest of our club around the village this year and the Irish Cup run really helped to fuel that and we started to see a few more people coming through the gate for the league games at home." With just five weeks to go until Rowntree assembles his squad for pre-season again, the Richhill AFC manager said that his side are ready to put all league title celebrations and pre-season concerns to one side and give their all on Friday night.

"It is our last game of the season and it is a huge challenge for us to go on and lift the double in the first year of Richhill AFC.

"We will back at it again in five weeks time but it is great to be in the position that we are still competing for trophies at this stage of the season and we will train well this week and go out and give it a real go on Friday evening."

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