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Burrows sets sights on Glentoran treble

By Graham Luney

Matty Burrows has already tasted a healthy victory over Ballyclare Comrades in Loughgall colours, but he knows that Glentoran won’t get an easy ride in the Irish Cup tomorrow.

Alan McDonald’s side travel to Dixon Park for a sixth round fixture against Championship opponents who will be hungry to net a huge scalp.

While Burrows remains on a personal mission to show Glentoran fans he can be a goal machine in the top flight, the striker has been in the game long enough to realise that the Comrades will not respect reputations.

“When I was at Loughgall on-loan we beat Ballyclare 4-0 but of course that will have no bearing on this game,” said Burrows.

“There have been many changes to their team and I don’t know a great deal of their players though David Officer who I used to play alongside at Dundela could feature for them.

“They will no doubt raise their game against us — it is one of those fixtures where they have nothing to lose but everything to gain.

“Although underdogs, they will be up for the challenge and we will need to show a professional attitude to stay in the competition. All the players will need to match their work-rate to get a result.”

Burrows would settle for a repeat of his goalscoring heroics against Intermediate side Omagh United in the previous round when he helped himself to a stunning hat-trick after springing off the bench.

The striker also netted in the 3-0 home league win over Ballymena United last month and in the 2-0 victory against Lisburn Distillery on Tuesday night.

“I was on the bench for the Omagh game, but came on in the last half an hour and thankfully chances fell to me,” added Burrows.

“Hopefully I will get another opportunity to score goals though what matters is the team making the next round. I would love to experience an Irish Cup final and the atmosphere that surrounds it.

“The league title and the Irish Cup are the two main prizes the top teams go for and Glentoran want to win them both, though we are also delighted to have reached the final of the Co-operative Insurance Cup.”

The Glens will probably be relieved to hit the road again as their home form has been indifferent to say the least.

The Premiership champions have struggled to carve teams open on Mersey Street, with the once ‘Fortress Oval’ losing a little fear factor.

“Our form has been up and up and down, but this is a tough league and all the teams want to be more consistent,” added Burrows. “It was good for me to score and for us to get a win during the week and you always want to go on a winning run.

“Our sights are very much on winning every competition we are in and hopefully I can go on a goalscoring run myself. I am confident that I will convert chances when they come to me.”

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