‘We can beat Rangers’ says Amateurs boss

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Dromore Amateurs have a big few days ahead.

The local side are desperate to get their first win of the Division 1C season on Thursday as they travel to play Saintfield United.

Boss Dean Brownlee says his side ‘need to get three points’ from that game to warm up for Saturday’s Irish Cup opener at Ferris Park.

The club host Division 1A side Lisburn Rangers (kick-off 1.30pm) and boss Brownlee reckons they have a fighting chance of making it through to round two.

He said: “They are two league above us but it depends which team turns up on the day. League form and everything else doesn’t matter, we have a chance against anybody in a match like this.

“If we play with the grit and the determination we will give them a good game.”

It’s a big day for clubs entering the Cup at the opening stage and Brownlee admits he has allowed himself to dream of a big tie should they be able to navigate their way through.

He said: “The boys like a good bus trip so hopefully we can put our names in the hat for the next round and get one.

“You just have to keep hoping you get a good draw and can make it through to the glamour ties. It gives you spmething to dream about.”

Brownlee is hoping that his squad will be back to full strength for this week’s matches.

He said: “I’ll hopefully have the seven senior players that were missing back this week but those young guys did well so I’ll have a bit of a selection dilemma.

“The majority of our squad were under 19 last week but they really did well.”

Amateurs suffered double injury-time heart-break last week when they lost to Downshire YM in the league and then exited the Bob Radcliffe Cup at the hands of Broomhill on Saturday.

“It took until Friday for me to get over the first one,” said Brownlee.

“We were 1-0 ahead and they scored in the 85th and 98th minutes to win.

“It was more of the same on Saturday then as they scored so late on that we took the centre and the referee blew the whistle straight away.”