Irish Cup: Blues boss Feeney out for revenge in Irish Cup

Keith O'Hara is challenged by Warren Feeney in Portadown 2-1 win at Windsor Park
Keith O'Hara is challenged by Warren Feeney in Portadown 2-1 win at Windsor Park

Linfield player/manager Warren Feeney aims to avenge last week's 2-1 defeat by Portadown when the sides meet in Saturday's Irish Cup quarter-finals.

The result was a major blow to Linfield's title hopes but the Blues now have the chance to make the last-four in the Shamrock Park clash.

"It should be a fantastic game and it gives us the chance to put right that defeat at Windsor Park," said Feeney.

"We have the opportunity to bounce right back and we plan to do it."

Feeney believes both his players and the Blues faithful are key to securing a place in semi-finals.

"We need the fans to be right behind us on Saturday and cheer the boys on," added the former Northern Ireland striker.

"I was fortunate enough to go to a final with Cardiff and I've told the boys they are just two games away from doing the same.

"It's not going to be pretty - we just have to concentrate on ourselves and go about it in the right way."

Championship side Carrick Rangers face the a short trip to take on Premiership leaders Crusaders.

The Carrick side could include former Crues trio Aidan Watson, Graeme Arthur and Ciaran Donaghy while Ben Roy, another ex-Seaview player, is suspended.

Crues captain Colin Coates is also banned while Emmett Friars and Barry Molloy are ruled out because of injury.

H&W Welders caused a big upset by knocking out holders Glenavon to secure their first appearance in the quarter-finals.

The Championship outfit will take on Ballymena United at Tillysburn without Dan McMurray, David Rainey and Philip Simpson, who are all banned, while Scott McMillan is cup-tied.

Suspension keeps Sky Blues defender Stephen McBride out of the game and Eamon McAllister is also cup-tied.

Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson wants an improvement from his players against Dungannon Swifts after last weekend's 1-1 draw with Coleraine.

"If we are going to play like we did against Coleraine we are going to find it much more difficult than if we were in form," said Patterson ahead of the Oval encountrer.

"We've got to get back to the drawing board and like all cup games, it's about who turns up on the day.

"It's a big opportunity to get the get to the semi-finals but Dungannon will give us a very tough game."

Irish Cup quarter-finals

Saturday 28 February - 15:00 GMT kick-off

Crusaders v Carrick Rangers

Glentoran v Dungannon Swifts

H&W Welders v Ballymena Utd (13:30)

Portadown v Linfield

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