Dunmurry can Rec Linfield’s dream
Dunmurray Rec set up the biggest game in their history yesterday when they steamrollered Kilmore Rec to reach the sixth round of the JJB Sports Irish Cup.
Waiting for them after their 5-0 replay victory are holders Linfield and manager Ivor Moore is dreaming of causing a major shock.
Ricky Rutherford scored twice in the first-half — the second a penalty — to give Dunmurry the upper hand and when he completed his hat-trick just before the hour mark the trip to Windsor Park was all but secured.
Paul Redpath added two more to give the scoreline a convincing look and one that Moore insists didn’t flatter his team.
“The fact that the draw put the winners up against Linfield gave the replay a bit of an edge,” said Moore.
“The boys were disappointed not to win the first game after being 2-0 up and they didn’t want to be disappointed a second time.
“Having the chance of going to Windsor Park was a big incentive.
“Every one of the players was excellent. Even the Kilmore management said that there was only one team in it.” And Moore is determined that an 8-0 defeat to the Blues in a pre-season friendly won’t be repeated.
“I said in the dressing room that there are players who play all their careers and never get to play against Linfield at Windsor Park in an Irish Cup match,” said Moore.
“We’d need to be very much on our game to beat Linfield, but stranger things have happened.”
e CARRICK Rangers will host Shankill United at Taylor’s Avenue tonight in the final fifth round replay.