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Niall Currie believes Ards can end their Oval drought

By Keith Bailie

Twenty eight years to the day after Ards last beat Glentoran at The Oval, the Red & Blues will return to east Belfast hoping to knock Eddie Patterson's men out of the Irish Cup.

On January 10, 1987, a late strike from Ray Hill gave Ards an away 3-2 win over the Glens. Current manager Niall Currie believes his Ards side have an outside chance of ending the 28-year curse in Saturday's fifth round encounter.

Currie said: "We've everything to gain and nothing to lose.

"We're in a good place at the moment after our wins over Bangor and Armagh City.

"We played Glentoran three times in the Premiership last season and did reasonably well on two occasions, winning 2-1 and drawing 0-0.

"Nobody is expecting us to win so we can go there and enjoy ourselves.

"We've got to go there and believe we can win, and if we do that I don't see why we can't do very well.

"We showed in the Shield semi-final against Cliftonville that we can give anybody a game."

Championship club Ards could have as many as three players making their debut.

Former Ballymena United goalkeeper Aaron Shanahan and former Carrick Rangers striker Shane Dolan have both received their international clearance, while winger Colum Curtis has joined from Loughgall. Dubliner Shanahan played for Ballymena in last season's Irish Cup final, losing 2-1 to Glenavon.

Currie will not field midfielder Mark Clarke.

Ards signed Clarke from Glentoran last week, but they will leave him out of the team due to a gentleman's agreement between the two clubs.

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