league and cup are in

Waringstown's Gary Kidd, vice-captain Greg Thompson and Adam Dennison getting ready for the Irish Cup final.INLM 36-200.
Waringstown's Gary Kidd, vice-captain Greg Thompson and Adam Dennison getting ready for the Irish Cup final.INLM 36-200.

Waringstown are ready and prepared for two of the biggest days in the club’s recent history.

The villagers face Merrion in the Irish Cup final on Saturday at The Lawn (11.30am), a match that in normal circumstances would be taking pride and place before everything else.

But before Lee Nelson’s men square off against the competition favourites from Dublin, they can take a giant step towards securing the NCU Premier League title.

Waringstown travel to Lisburn on Wednesday night (5pm) and if they can get four points, it would give them a virtually unassailable advantage at the top of the table with one match remaining.

“The Irish Cup final is a day everyone at the club can look forward to and enjoy, and if we can get that victory against Lisburn on Wednesday night, it would take a lot of the pressure off for Saturday,” said Nelson.

“To get over the line in the league, it would be great for some of the younger players who haven’t been there before in terms of winning trophies. If anything, Wednesday is even more important than Saturday.”

Waringstown are looking for their fourth Irish Cup success, their last victory coming in 2011 against Instonians.

However, they are underdogs against a Merrion side stacked with Ireland internationals.

“They are tough opposition but it’s an Irish Cup final and you wouldn’t expect to be facing anything else,” he added.

“They have come to The Lawn twice in recent years and won so we are hoping it’s third time lucky for us.

“I think we are a better side than the last time we played them, the younger guys are more experienced.

“It’s a great occasion for the club to have the final at home and hopefully it will give us an advantage.”

Admission is £8 for adults and £6 for children and OAPs.