Irish Cup fifth round: Glenavon eager to repeat Irish Cup success
Glenavon are eager for more trophy success as they begin their defence of the Irish Cup with a fifth round tie against Moyola Park at Mill Meadow.
"3 May 2014 and the build-up to it is a day everyone involved with the club will never forget but it all goes past so quickly," said team coach Nigel Law.
"That makes us hungry and motivated for opportunities to pick up silverware and play in big occasions in the future."
Moyola Park were the first winners of the Irish Cup back in 1881.
The Championship Two outfit will be hoping to cause an upset and manager Mervyn Pattison has vowed that his side "will have a real go at it".
"If we concede an early goal we are in big trouble so we want to keep it tight early on - we'll play to our strengths, we have players capable of scoring goals so why not go out and give it a go," said Pattsion.
Last year's beaten finalists Ballymena United host Northern Amateur League team Crumlin Star, who lost out narrowly 2-1 to Crusaders at the same stage of last year's competition.
"We need to have the right mental attitude and avoid conceding goals the way we have done recently," said Sky Blues boss Glenn Ferguson.
Linfield travel to face Tobermore United, with manager Warren Feeney vowing that his charges intend "doing a professional job".
"Everyone is waiting to see if there will be a cup upset at this stage but we have to make sure it's not us," added Feeney, who picked up the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Player of the Month award after his side went top of the Premiership thanks to four straight wins in December.
Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter intends to reshuffle his pack for the visit of Newington, who share the use of Seaview for playing and training purposes and engagement in cross community work in north Belfast.
Josh Robinson is suspended for the Crues but midfielder Barry Molloy and striker Stephen O'Flynn are likely to be handed their first starts since moving from Derry City and Institute respectively.
Portadown forward Mark McAllister is another keen to emphasise that his team must adopt the right approach as they prepare to play PSNI at Newforge.
"It's a one-off cup game and anyone can beat anyone else so we need to be on our game if we're going to get anything out of it," warned December's player of the month.
"I've been fortunate to win the Irish Cup three times and have scored three goals in finals, but I came to Shamrock Park to win more trophies so hopefully I can add to my medal tally."
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Championship One promotion challengers Ards go to the Oval to face Glentoran but they will not be able to field new acquisitions Aaron Shanahan, Mark Clarke and Shane Dolan as they attempt to topple Eddie Patterson's side.
Cliftonville will hope to put their recent indifferent league form behind them as they play Amateur League side Ards Rangers at Solitude while Dungannon Swifts host Ballinamallard United and Coleraine are at home to Warrenpoint Town in the two all-Premiership ties.
The Mallards are without suspended central defenders Liam McMenamin and Mark Stafford, plus the influential Liam Martin, while those in the treatment room include David Kee, Stephen Feeney, Leon Carters and Anthony Elding.
"We beat the Mallards 2-0 on Boxing Day, so Whitey and his boys will be keen to put that right. If you don't get a junior side in the fifth round, then the next best thing is a home draw," conceded Swifts manager Darren Murphy.
"It will be nice to have a change from the league - the cup offers something different, although we will be up against familiar opposition in Coleraine," commented Warrenpoint boss Barry Gray prior to the trip to Ballycastle Road.
Struggling Institute will also be glad of some respite from league action as they face Loughgall while Ballymena and Provincial Premier League outfit Newtowne, the lowest ranked team left in the competition, are away to Armagh City.
The fifth round draw also pits Larne against East Antrim rivals and Steel and Sons Cup winners Carrick Rangers at Inver Park while Darren Gibbons continues to deputise for injured first-choice Bangor goalkeeper Paul Cairnduff as the County Antrim Shield finalists entertain Brantwood.
|Irish Cup fifth round - 15:00 GMT unless stated|
|Annagh United||v||Ballyclare Comrades|
|Ballymena United||v||Crumlin Star|
|Dungannon Swifts||v||Ballinamallard United|
|H&W Welders||v||Derriaghy CC (13:30)|
|Tobermore United||v||Linfield (13:30)|