Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

It will be no cup Crues, says Brown

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Institute again had striker Paul Brown to thank for their victory over Newry City on Saturday.

The win means the Londonderry men have reached the last four of the JJB Sports Irish Cup for the first time in their 104 year history.

But the Limavady man was the first to remind everyone that although ’Stute managed to avoid cup holders Linfield, they still have a difficult semi-final tie against Crusaders coming up next month.

“We have to be happy with the draw, but to be honest it’s a semi-final and as David Rainey said on TV it’s going to be difficult no matter who you get as you are one game away from the final and getting a big suit on them,” said Brown.

“At the end of the day a cup run is achievable for any team and you seen it in the English FA Cup and the Scottish Cup even on Saturday, were St Mirren beat Celtic 1-0, even though they lost 7-0 a week ago to them, so it proves that anyone can win whenever it’s the cup.

“Anything can happen in football, so hopefully ’Stute can get to an Irish Cup final and that will be the good thing, which is also part of football.”

If John Gregg’s men had lost Saturday’s quarter-final their season was effectively over, but Brown feels his winner may kick-start their campaign.

“I told the players at half-time that we were 45 minutes away from having nothing to play for with still a few months remaining in the season if we don’t go out and play and dig then, but thankfully that is exactly what we did.”

For boss Gregg he too was over the moon that the wee club from Drumahoe are still mixing it with the big boys in the most prestigious cup competition, even though it may wreck his wedding plans.

“I might be the boss here at Institute, but I’m certainly not the boss at home, Tina is. And although I broke a record by getting us into the semi-final, I don’t want to break another one this season for having the shortest wedding in the history books,” joked Gregg.

“However, all jokes aside we still have a massively tough game in the semi-final against Crusaders and it’s going to be another hard match for us, so it’s not fair to talk about a possible cup final place.”

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