Belfast Telegraph

Currie keeping faith with players that have rekindled Ports' fire

By Stuart McKinley

Niall Currie is targeting what would be considered an Irish Cup upset on Saturday - but there won't be any surprises in his team selection.

Impressive performances against Linfield and Crusaders in their last two Premiership outings have raised hopes around Shamrock Park that the Ports can knock derby rivals Glenavon out of the competition on Saturday and Currie looks certain to keep faith in the same players who took points off the top two.

"Do I have a selection headache? Not really. I will openly admit it. If everybody stays fit I'm not one for changing," said Currie.

"Who would you drop? Nobody. Simple as that.

"The same team has played twice in a row. I'm not ruling anything out, we want to keep everyone involved knowing that they have a chance of getting into the team for Saturday, but I'm not really one for changing.

"The formula is working at the minute and it's up to others to push into the team and create competition.

"We will have options, it is up to them to get into the team, but the team is picking itself at the minute.

"I always wanted to be in a position where we'd be like this and we would have options to make changes and we seem to be in that place where we have decisions to make, but there isn't really going to be decisions to make and I think (Glenavon manager) Gary Hamilton will know that anyway."

Given that the Ports are rooted to the bottom of the league and Glenavon are going for a third Irish Cup triumph in four seasons a home win would upset the odds.

In terms of recent performances, however, the feeling around Shamrock Park has changed very quickly since a dismal display in a 3-0 defeat to Ards just over a fortnight ago.

Staring relegation in the face from day one in the season, the Ports have sidestepped banana skins in away trips to Larne and Loughgall in previous rounds and a semi-final spot isn't out of the question if they can replicate the quality and intensity shown against the Blues and Crues.

"I think we've shown if you can do what you do against the league champions you can do it against anybody," said Currie.

"They are as good as it gets in every department and we know if we can apply ourselves and the desire is the same we can beat Glenavon. There is a good feeling about the place and we hope that continues."

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