Matthew Crossan is hoping Fanad United can stay in touch with Cockhill Celtic at the top of the 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League.
Ahead of a meeting between the league’s top two on Sunday at Triagh-A-Loch (2pm), Cockhill – who have won the last four League titles – lead the way by two points and have a game in hand.
Resurgent Fanad have lost only once in the league this season and Arthur Lynch’s side could actually go to the summit with a win over Cockhill on Sunday.
“Cockhill have been a different gear and their recent record speaks for itself,” Crossan says.
“They have boys there who could still be playing senior football and some of their boys who haven’t played senior football could step up no bother. Just look at their bench.
“We’re going alright at the minute and we actually thought we were unlucky when we played Cockhill earlier in the season. They had one or two shots and we felt that we had some great chances, we even had two cleared off the line.
“That’s the difference when you play a side like Cockhill – they’ll punish you.”
Mark Moran netted the only goal of the game when they met in September, but Cockhill have a knack of getting the results they crave. With Gavin Cullen’s side still smarting from an FAI Intermediate Cup loss at College Corinthians on Sunday, Fanad might well be facing the Inishowen men at the wrong time.
“It’s about keeping in touch with them and not letting them get away,” Crossan said.
“You don’t want them running away with things – but they have that ability.”
The action this weekend in the Ulster Senior League starts on Friday night with Bonagee United hosting Swilly Rovers under lights at Dry Arch Park.
On Sunday, Derry City Reserves are at home to Letterkenny Rovers.
On Sunday week, December 11th, Finn Harps Reserves will play Cockhill Celtic.