Newmarket Celtic’s manager feels Avenue United are improving and challenging their local dominance.
The first domestic trophy of the season will be decided when the county’s top two sides meet for the Hugh Kelly Premier Division Cup.
Newmarket are four points from league glory and reached an eighth consecutive Clare Cup Final at their rivals’ expense.
Liam Murphy says they believed their patience would be rewarded the last day.
Kick-off at Frank Healy Park this evening is 6.45pm.