Portstewart boss says his side have ‘nothing to fear’ against Armagh City

Smiles from Portstewart Manager Gary Taylor on Saturday.
Smiles from Portstewart Manager Gary Taylor on Saturday.

Portstewart will make the long journey to Armagh City this Saturday in the Irish Cup.

Gary Taylor’s side made it to the last sixteen last year, and put on a thrilling display when they entertained Premiership side Portadown at their Seahaven ground.

This time around, they face Championship One side Armagh City, and the Ports boss says his side have ‘nothing to fear’ ahead of the tie.

The Seasiders haven’t had a fixture since the start of December, again in the Irish Cup, when they defeated Moyola 3-1.

Taylor says his boys are ‘raring to go’ after the long break.

“It’s been a frustrating month for us.

“We’ve had a number of games called off due to the weather, but Armagh have a synthetic pitch, so Saturday will be on.”

Taylor says the break in games has given players Lee Forgrave and Ryan Doherty time to recover from injuries.

However the Ports will be without battling midfielder Matt Hynds.

“Matt has been doing very well for us in the middle of the park,” said Taylor.

“He twisted his knee in the game against Moyola and had to come off, so he will be unavailable to play against Armagh.

“He’s gutted as he’s an Armagh man himself,” joked Taylor.

Defender Luke Bradley will be back in the line up after serving a suspension.

Portstewart’s Intermediate Cup tie against Donegal Celtic was called off on Saturday, this game will now be played at Portstewart next Saturday.

“I am trying to get a game set up this week,” admitted Taylor.

“We have been training and keeping ourselves active, but I just think the boys need a game to blow away the cobwebs, after Christmas and the New Year.

“We have nothing to fear going into the Armagh game. They are sitting mid table, they have a few good players about them, but we’ll give it our best shot.

“We have played down there in previous years, and won two of the four ties.

“We had a really good run in the Irish Cup last year, and played very well against Portadown.

“It was a great day for all involved in Portstewart FC. The boys will have this in mind going into Saturday I have no doubt about that. The Irish Cup is the competition that all teams want to do well in. I think a lot of people were surprised by us last year, so let’s hope we can do the same again this time around.”