Dromara are dreaming of a semi-final

Dromara Village are hoping they'll go through to the final four of the Clarence Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Dromara Village are hoping they'll go through to the final four of the Clarence Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Dromara Village boss Gerard McMahon wants his side to keep their feet on the ground ahead of Saturday’s Clarence Cup quarter-final.

The Villagers host Lower Shankill at Bellsbridge (kick-off 1.30pm) on the back of a good run of form.

In the last round, they upset the odds to see off Ards Rangers 2-1.

And after that victory, McMahon says Saturday’s tie will be all the more difficult.

“We’re not expecting an easy game by any means,” he said.

“We played them last season and it was tough. After we beat Ards, I’ve told the boys that nobody is going to be taking them lightly any more. People have taken notice of them now.

“Having beaten Ards Rangers, who were big favourites, it has made people sit up and take notice of us.

“We’re not getting carried away though.

“We’ve done very well to get to the quarter-final stage but there are no prizes given out at this stage.”

In saying that, McMahon is confident that his side has what it takes to produce another Cup victory this weekend, when they will have a vociferous home support to roar them on.

“If we can beat Ards Rangers, we can stand up to anybody,” he said. “It’s not as if we fluked past Ards. We fully deserved that win.

“We had very close to a full squad that day with only one player missing. If we can keep a full squad, we can match teams above us. It’s when we start to pick up a few more injuries or suspensions that problems arise.”

Since taking over the reigns mid-way through last season with the team at the foot of the table, McMahon has instilled a new winning mentality in the side and what’s them to go about doing it the right way.

“We’re trying to get them to play football and to do it in the right areas,” he said. “We’re not going to be Barcelona, playing out way out of defence with 30 passes but we are trying to move the ball.

“It’s all about giving the boys a bit more confidence as I’m sure last season was hard on them.”

McMahon has shepherded Dromara to a promising league campaign this term.

“We had to add a few players to the team on top of those that we already had,” he said. “They’ve all done very, very well and have given the existing players a bit more belief.

“Gerard Rooney has scored quite a few goals and Ruairi McArdle has been very good at the back. Jonny Gregg came in from Lisburn Rangers and James Lindsay joined from Sport and Leisure and they’ve both done well too.

“They’ve provided a good spine of the team and fed in the quality players who were always here, who are now making the runs.

“The rest of the guys are very young and those guys all have brilliant attitude. The likes of Nathan Hamilton, Adam McDonald and Phil Kerr have all come through and are doing very well.”

Should they pick up another Cup victory this weekend, those lads will all be dreaming of a Cup final.