Burnsy names squad for Hull semi-final

Island manager Steve Burns has named the 16-man squad that will be travelling to Hull for Saturday's Inter-League Cup semi-final

Island manager Steve Burns has named the 16-man squad that will be travelling to Hull for Saturday's Inter-League Cup semi-final

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Island manager Steve Burns has named his 16-man squad for Saturday’s FA Inter-League Cup semi-final with the Humber Premier League.

Burns and his backroom staff have made a couple of changes to the line-up that defeated West Riding 3-1 in the competition’s last-eight stage on January 25.

St George’s striker Sam Caine is sidelined with injury meaning a recall for talismanic front man Calum Morrissey, who has been forced to sit out much of this season’s Inter-League campaign with a back injury.

Peel midfielder Danny Bell also misses out, Burns electing to take St George’s James McStay instead for the game that will take place at Conference North outfit North Ferriby United’s ground.

The other change sees Geordies keeper Grant Dawson return as Max Thomas’s understudy after he was unavailable to make the West Riding match-day squad.

Burns said: ‘James McStay comes in – he’s trained exceptionally well and deserves an opportunity as does Calum [Morrissey] who will bring a number of other solid attributes to the team.

‘It’s always difficult to leave anyone out when I see how hard the whole squad works in practice every week, but for this game I believe this is the correct group of players to represent us.’

‘It’s a semi-final so it will be a tough game – mentally as much as anything, but we have the players who will cope.

‘This is the fourth time we’ve been at this stage of the competition so we have plenty of experience that we can draw on.’

Canada Life Premier League champions elect St George’s contribute 11 players to the squad, spear-headed by skipper Sean Quaye.

Quaye’s Glencrutchery Road club-mate Frank Jones will be aiming to keep his remarkable run of form in the competition going, having scored in every round of the current campaign thus far.

Victory at the weekend would tee-up a final showdown at the Bowl on April 26 with either Hertfordshire Senior County League or the Dorset Premier League who meet in Saturday’s other semi-final tie.

A win would also put the squad closer to the emulating the successful feats of 2006 and another crack at the Uefa Regions Cup.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Max Thomas (St Mary’s), Grant Dawson (St George’s); Defenders: Julian Ringham (St George’s), Sean Quaye (St George’s), Johnny Myers (St George’s), Karl Clark (St Mary’s), Stephen Riding (Rushen); Midfielders: Frank Jones (St George’s), James McStay (St George’s), Liam Cowin (St George’s), Conor Doyle (St George’s), Marc Kelly (Peel); Attackers: Calum Morrissey (St George’s), Ciaran McNulty (St George’s), Chris Bass (St George’s), Lee Gale (Peel).

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