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Gary Liggett has high hopes for golden final bid

By Adrian Rutherford

Gary Liggett has said Dungannon Swifts may never have a better chance of Irish Cup glory ahead of today's quarter-final tie at Ballymena United.

The 2007 finalists are just two games away from another appearance in local football's biggest game of the season.

Standing in their way of a semi-final place are five-time winners Ballymena.

But with Linfield, Portadown and Cliftonville already out, whoever progresses will feel they have an opportunity of going all the way.

Liggett, who moved from Ballymena in January, believes the tie at The Showgrounds is Swifts' most important match so far.

"It is our biggest game of the season – one win gets us to an Irish Cup semi-final and after that anything can happen," he said.

"We are just two matches away from an Irish Cup final, and that is a massive incentive for everyone. We believe we can win the cup."

With some of the traditional heavyweights already knocked out – and at least one non-Premiership side guaranteed to be in the last four – the competition is wide open.

Liggett believes every team –Dungannon included – will feel this is their year.

"There are some quality teams left in the competition," he added. "But with Linfield, Cliftonville and Portadown all gone, the chance is there for another team.

"You look at the teams who have fallen and you wonder if we'll get a better chance."

Dungannon and Ballymena have played each other three times this season in the league – with Ballymena winning all three.

The most recent meeting came in mid-January when a late strike from ex-Swifts striker Darren Boyce secured a 3-2 victory for Glenn Ferguson's men.

However, Liggett believes those results will count for nothing.

"It doesn't matter what happens in the past," he added. "The Irish Cup is different, it comes down to who performs best on the day."

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