NORTH BELFAST DERBY FOR GEORGE WILSON CUP FINAL

THERE is another North Belfast Derby on Saturday evening as Cliftonville Olympic take on Crusaders Reserves at Seaview in the George Wilson Cup Final (5pm).

The George Wilson Cup is the knockout competition for the reserve sides of each Premiership club and is traditionally held at Seaview, where George Wilson played during his career for Crusaders.

The senior side on the Shore Road lifted the Danske Bank Premiership title two weeks ago,  however this weekend’s Final sees Crusaders Reserves go into the game as underdogs to North Belfast rivals Cliftonville Olympic.

The teams have met on three occasions this season with the Reds winning every time:  2-1 in October, 4-1 in November and 0-3 in December.  However Crusaders Reserves Manager, Gavin Arthur feels that his side are a different outfit since the turn of the year.

“We used over 40 players until December so that every player got their chance to impress, but since then our squad selection has settled down significantly. This has led to a more consistent line-up, our results have improved and our players have developed well since then,” said Arthur.

Cliftonville Olympic manager Michael Press knows that his squad have had a good season and hopes to top it off with Cup Final success.

“This season we have performed admirably in finishing 3rd in the Reserve League and were unlucky to lose to Bangor and Carrick Rangers, the top sides in the Championship, in the Intermediate Cup and the Steel and Sons.

“Our players have self-belief and are proud to wear the Cliftonville shirt, which is vital for the success of any club, and I have no doubt that they will show this against the Crues on Saturday,” said Press.

Entry for the George Wilson Cup Final is £5 adults and £3 concession.

Match details:

George Wilson Cup Final, 

Seaview, Saturday 9 May, 5pm.

Cliftonville Olympic  v  Crusaders Reserves

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