Hawe hoping for points off cup progress

Marcus Dallas (left) under pressure from Annagh United's Philip Craig at Tandragee Road in the Bob Radcliffe Cup semi-final success for Loughgall.INPT48-130.

Marcus Dallas (left) under pressure from Annagh United's Philip Craig at Tandragee Road in the Bob Radcliffe Cup semi-final success for Loughgall.INPT48-130.

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Loughgall joint manager Steven Hawe is calling on his players to carry cup consistency into the league campaign.

The Villagers’ latest knockout success arrived on Tuesday with a Bob Radcliffe Cup semi-final success against Annagh United.

The Boxing Day showpiece will hand holders Loughgall an opportunity to end the progress enjoyed across 2015 with a trophy reward.

The final at Lakeview Park against Armagh City now forms the centre-piece of a run of cup commitments across four competitions.

Next month will mark ties in the Irish and Intermediate cups, with January’s schedule serving up a Mid-Ulster semi-final.

Form in NIFL Championship One has lacked the impact enjoyed by a string of knockout boosts - but Hawe is keen to transfer that cup progress into league points.

“It is brilliant for the club to be back in the Bob Radcliffe Cup final,” said Hawe. “I was in three finals as a player, winning once, so know just how good a competition it is, one which always attracts a good crowd.

“Armagh City are a good side.

“The boys are delighted but we all really want to kick on now as the league remains our priority.

“However, a cup final can hand everyone a massive boost and give us a lift in confidence for the league.

“We have been doing well in the cups this season and it is important to use those knockout wins to push us forward in the league.

“We have had plenty of changes over the past year from last year’s final so it is about stability now and wins breed confidence.”

Warner Mullen’s double proved decisive to see off Annagh United in the midweek semi-final at Tandragee Road.

“Warner and Daniel Ryan are forming a promising partnership so that is really encouraging,” said Hawe. “Warner scored two, including a great free-kick, plus Daniel opted to try and set him up late on for the hat-trick.

“It could have gone either way and Annagh reacted well to going down to 10 men.”

ANNAGH UNITED: Marc Robinson, Mark Stewart, Bryan Pentland, Stephen Acheson, Richard Allen, Philip Craig, Andy Smith, Steven Park, Scott McCordick, Andy Moore, Jaime Gardiner. Subs: Jordan Campbell, Jamie Smith, Francis McCann, Scott Rea, Jake Keegan.

LOUGHGALL: Gareth Buchanan, Graham Taylor, Stuart Mallen, Ricky Copeland, Nicky Hudson, Aaron Walsh, Marcus Dallas, Gary Henderson, Warner Mullen, Daniel Ryan, Jamie Rea. Subs: Wesley Boyle, Ross Wilson, John Uprichard, Josh Finlay, Mark Dane.

Loughgall visit Knockbreda tomorrow (Saturday) in NIFL Championship One, with kick-off at 2 o’clock.