Belfast Telegraph

Andy McGrory is putting Cup mission on the backburner

By Adrian Rutherford

Andy McGrory says Glenavon must put their Irish Cup dreams to one side and focus on chasing a top-three league finish.

The Lurgan Blues face Crusaders in the semi-finals on April 2, but before that they have four important matches in the Danske Bank Premiership, starting at Warrenpoint Town today.

Glenavon are fourth, three points behind Cliftonville and six off second-placed Linfield. And McGrory says keeping the heat on the teams above them must take priority.

"The semi-final is a big game but we have to forget that for the moment," he said. "We have to concentrate on the league and make sure that doesn't slip.

"It's part and parcel of being a footballer. You have to get yourself mentally right for the next game and be ready to go again.

"We've some big league games coming up. The league is still very important and we want to try and push up the table. Things are looking up and we have to keep it going as long as possible."

McGrory says it will be hard to chase down the Reds and Blues.

"There are some very good teams around us," he added. "We had a good run but the teams around us have all been winning.

"We need to keep plugging away and see where it takes us."

Warrenpoint, meanwhile, are bottom despite an impressive run which has seen them lose just once in their last 10.

The Co Down side have doubts over goalkeeper Jonathan Parr and Stephen Moan, who are struggling with injuries.

Midfielder John McGuigan has also left the club after moving to the United States.

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