Can plucky Millers derail Saints’ Grand Slam hopes in FA Cup final showdown?

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ST George’s will look to check the next box on their Grand Slam to-do list today (Easter Monday) when they take on Union Mills in the final of the FA Cup.

The Glencrutchery Road side have already collected the Charity Shield and Railway Cup titles this season and now have their sights firmly set on the Cu-Plas-sponsored silverware as the 2011-12 campaign reaches its business end.

Standing between Geordies and their third crown of the term are Division Two promotion-hopefuls Union Mills.

The Millers’ cup heroics will live long in the memory having achieved the rare feat of reaching the Woods Cup and FA Cup finals in the same season.

A hectic four-games-in-10-day schedule for the Garey Mooar outfit began on Thursday evening when the Millers clinched the Woods Cup with a 3-1 victory over Douglas Royal.

Derek Cowley’s squad will be stretched to its limit during this key period, but will be more than eager to pit their wits against the island’s best club side.

Key players for the Millers this term have been ex-St George’s keeper Christian Cellamare, talented midfielder Matty Cain and top scorer AJ Suckling.

Cellamare will relish the chance to take on his former club while the precious pair of Cain and Suckling will be no doubt keen to test their mettle against St George’s array of island internationals.

Geordies squad will also be tested over the coming weeks as it homes in on the still up for grabs Premier League and Hospital Cup titles.

Chris Bass’s selection options, however, will be bolstered for the run in be the return to fitness and the fold of some of the club’s more experienced campaigners.

Island midfielder Neil Brogan is expected to make his return from his leg break suffered in October, while Mark Teare, Robin Bates and Chris Feeney could also feature in Monday’s match day squad.

Also pushing for a spot in the 16 is island talisman Calum Morrissey. The marauding number 10 was ruled out of last month’s FA Inter-League Cup semi-final with an injury to one of his quadriceps, but is believed to be in contention to feature this bank holiday weekend.

Chris Bass Jr should also play despite being an unused substitute against Gymns last Saturday, meaning the Bass Sr and coach Lee Dixon’s only other selection query is to stick with number one goalkeeper Grant Dawson or pick reserve Dave Cherry who impressed in the semi-final defeat of DHSOB.

Victories over Premier League outfits St John’s and Rushen show that Mills can mix it with the best on their day, but you’d have to favour St George’s to continue their bid to be the first club since Laxey in 2005-06 to land all of Manx football’s major trophies in one season.

The action gets under way at the Bowl in Douglas at 3pm.

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