MANAGER Steven Reilly will pick Yoker Athletic’s strongest starting line-up for Saturday’s Central League Cup semi-final, even though they have a relegation decider four days later.

After the Whe-Ho’s 4-1 defeat to Girvan on Saturday, the Holm Park side must get at least a draw against Petershill on Wednesday to survive in the Super First Division.

Reilly stressed that staying in the league was more important than the cup game, but he will not look to rotate his squad although their opponents will be lower league opposition.

Yoker will face Benburb after they finished eighth in the Central District First Division, one division below Athletic.

But the manager insisted his young squad would be more than capable of playing two games of such high importance in five days.

He said: “We will go with the strongest team we have.

“We’ve got a young side there and they have no problems playing on the Saturday and the Wednesday.

“Our aim was to take something from the game on the Saturday and we could look forward to a cup semi-final.

“But now it’s one of those ones where you have in the back of your mind that you need a point to stay in the league, which is the most important for the club.

“We have to take the game seriously. It’s a good achievement if we can reach a cup final. We’ve not done that in a long time so we can take that as a positive and get a result on Saturday and it gives us a wee boost in the Petershill game.”

The Whe-Ho boss has a number of players returning for Saturday’s semi-final, after having a depleted squad on Saturday.

Injuries, suspensions and holidays meant Yoker had to draft in players from the amateurs to bulk up their squad, but they will be back close to full strength on Saturday.

Reilly added: “I’ve got a few bodies back – Gary Arbuckle, Kerr Allen, Mark McManus. We should have near enough a full squad for Saturday, better than last Saturday that’s for sure.

“John Harvey’s got a knock, he’s been playing with a foot injury since the St Roch’s game and a shoulder injury so he’ll need to rest up, Scott Smith will be back training.”