Irish Cup: Portstewart target upset against holders Glenavon

Portstewart keeper Joel Maddison punches clear during the Irish Cup game against Portadown in 2015
Portstewart keeper Joel Maddison punches clear during the Irish Cup game against Portadown in 2015

Intermediate minnows Portstewart are relishing the opportunity to rock local football by knocking out Irish Cup holders Glenavon on Saturday.

The north coast Seahawks have lost just once this season and boss Gary Taylor is upbeat for the fifth-round clash.

"We're top in our division and through to a cup final, so we will go there in good spirits," said Taylor.

"We've worked on a plan, on how to set up and we've nothing to lose, so hopefully we can spring a surprise."

Taylor had spells with Coleraine and Linfield as a striker while there's plenty of Irish Cup experience at the Mullaghacall club.

Assistant manager Anthony Gilmore scored for a losing Carrick Rangers side in the 1995 final while defender John Neill played for Coleraine in the decider 13 years later.

Seahawks boss Gary Taylor has guided his team to the top of the North-West Intermediate Division
Seahawks boss Gary Taylor has guided his team to the top of the North-West Intermediate Division

Glenavon will have to keep an eye on winger Ryan Doherty in the Mourneview Park tie.

"I can't understand why Ryan is still with us - he's been superb and we think he can play at a higher level," added Taylor, who has a 21-year association with Portstewart.

"Indeed, we have three or four here who could play at a higher level and the test for them is to prove they can do it on Saturday.

"To get the holders, in the first game of their defence, really is a great game for us.

"We will not go out all guns blazing as we respect Glenavon and they have quality players.

"Portadown scored two late goals to beat us in the Irish Cup a couple of years ago and I hope we give a good account of ourselves again."

Tennent's Irish Cup fifth round - Saturday 7 January (15:00 GMT)
Annagh UnitedvTobermore United
Armagh CityvTrojans
Ballyclare ComradesvInstitute
Ballymena UnitedvCliftonville
ColerainevCarrick Rangers
Crusaders vArds
Dungannon Swifts vDergview
GlenavonvPortstewart
GlentoranvLinfield
H&W WeldersvLurgan Celtic (13:30)
KnockbredavCrewe United
LarnevPortadown
LoughgallvFivemiletown United
PSNIvLisburn Distillery (13:30)
RichhillvDollingstown (13:30)
Warrenpoint TownvBallinamallard United

There's live coverage of the Irish Cup fifth round on BBC Radio Ulster and the BBC Sport website

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