In one of the matches of the 1/2 final of the Northern Ireland Cup, Larne will host the Crusaders. Who will be the first finalist? 

"Larn"

"Larne" started in the national Cup from the 1/8 final stage, leaving no trace of "Dollingstown" (8-1), which managed to distinguish itself, losing 2-0, but then probably regretted it, missing six more times. As part of the 1/4 final, Victoria "Larna" turned out to be much more modest: with the score 2-1, Carrick Rangers suffered. "Larne" in the previous stages did not play away in the National Cup, and here is another match at the home stadium, where a total of 10 goals have already been scored, and only 2 have been conceded. 

Crusaders"

Although the Crusaders started from the 1/16 finals, this did not prevent them from making it to the semifinals and being one step away from the final match. If Larne have not played away yet, the Crusaders have not played in the current Cup draw at home, fighting exclusively on the road. At the same time, the team showed its best side, not conceding once, and scored seven. In turn, the Crusaders knocked out Coleraine (1-0), Knockbreda (5-0) and Glentoran (1-0). 

Statistics and figures:

  • Larne went through two stages, scoring ten goals with two conceded;
  • The Crusaders overcame three stages without conceding a single goal, but scored seven;
  • Larne have beaten the Crusaders in two of their seven home games, and only scored in them. 

Forecast

The Crusaders have not conceded in the current Northern Ireland Cup, and they are also playing well at Larne, having conceded in only two of their seven games. I believe that the statistics will be confirmed and the guests will again play reliably in defense, thanks to which they will win and make it to the final.