Newbuildings dreaming of Windsor Park tie

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NEWBUILDINGS United Football Club need no bigger incentive than the chance to play Linfield at Windsor Park in the JJB Sports Irish Cup quarter-finals.

And that’s exactly what manager, Wesley Robinson and his players are vying for when they take on Coagh United in Monday afternoon’s sixth round replay at Hagan Park.

Indeed the local side are within touching distance of a lucrative and ‘dream’ tie with David Jeffrey’s Irish League champions and Robinson believes that knowledge will give his players added encouragement.

“Having that dream of playing Linfield at Windsor Park will spur them on more,” said Robinson. “I feel the more we talk about it at training or just around the community, I feel it will encourage the players to do better and maybe make them go that extra yard in the replay.

“There is a big incentive there for both clubs, Linfield in the Irish Cup quarter-final. Maybe also there will also be a bit of money to be made.

“We are touching distance away from playing at Windsor Park against the biggest club in the country at the quarter-final stages of the Irish Cup, I’m sure the founders of this club never would have dreamt about that, I can hardly believe it myself.”

The condition of the playing surface at Hagan Park has been of some concern to Robinson this week and with Coagh scheduled to play in an Intermediate Cup match tomorrow at the ground, it could get a lot worse.

“It’s disappointing about the condition of the pitch. If the people in football would have a look at pitches then they would probably know that Coagh’s pitch wouldn’t be playable.

“They have an Intermediate cup tie on Saturday and then us on the Monday and if that pitch is playable it will be a bigger shock than us beating Linfield,” laughed Robinson.

Going into next Monday’s replay, the Newbuildings manager feels he should have a fully fit squad to choose from, with Gareth Falconer returning from injury, however Graham Moore may miss out.

“Hopefully Gareth Falconer will be back and that will be a big plus in our attacking side to the team.

“We really only had one goalscorer in Ricky-Lee Dougherty available last Saturday, as the rest of the players were midfield players filling in.

“Unfortunately I think we might lose Graham due to University commitments but other than that I don’t think it will affect us that we have to play next Monday afternoon.”