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Seasiders starting with a clean slate: Forsythe

By Keith Bailie

Even though Bangor hammered Brantwood 8-1 in the Steel & Sons Cup earlier this season, Seasiders winger Jordan Forsythe believes they still need to be on their guard when the two sides clash in the Irish Cup at Clandeboye Park.

Bangor may have the County Antrim Shield final against Cliftonville on Tuesday night to think about, but top goalscorer Forsythe isn't taking Irish Cup progression for granted.

Forsythe said: "We played Brantwood earlier in the season and although we beat them 8-1, they were a decent side.

"They have attacking players who are capable of hurting you, so we won't be taking anything for granted.

"We won't be thinking about the Steel & Sons game, as you have to treat each game differently and you have to treat your opponents with respect.

"There are some good players in the lower divisions, so you've got to be prepared for that.

"Last year we were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Queen's and they were in a division below us.

"We started slowly that day and they wanted it more than us. That's why you need to be on your game even against lower league sides."

Bangor's only Irish Cup win came in 1993 when they beat Ards in a famous trilogy of games. They also reached the final in 1994 and the semi-finals in 2005, losing to Linfield on both occasions.

Elsewhere, Championship One club Harland & Wolff Welders will face Amateur League Premier Division side Derriaghy Cricket Club at Tillysburn. Derriaghy were first out of the hat, but Irish Cup rules dictate that a non-league club cannot host a Championship team.

Derriaghy are managed by former Loughgall goalkeeper Marc Robinson, who played in some big Irish Cup games in years gone by.

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