Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Larmour believes experience can oust Glenavon

When it comes to Irish Cup experience H&W Welders might just have the edge on opponents Glenavon.

And former Linfield striker David Larmour believes there is still an opportunity for him to experience one more high in the competition before time catches up with him.

Welders manager Paul Miskelly was in the Carrick Rangers team that lost to Linfield in 2005, while Paul Muir was a semi-finalist with Lisburn Distillery on a couple of occasions, the first 12 years ago.

Now 35-year-old Larmour is sure to pose a threat to the Lurgan Blues defence — he scored twice in an Intermediate Cup win over Sport & Leisure Swifts last weekend.

But his Irish Cup emotions are mixed, to say the least.

Glentoran ruined his double dream in 2000 and a cruciate ligament ruled him out of the 2002 final win against Portadown. By the time the Blues returned to the showpiece game he’d been overtaken in the pecking order and was an unused substitute on the big day.

“I was involved in the 2006 final — the year Linfield won the Grand Slam — and while I was disappointed that I didn’t get on I still got a medal and that completed the set for me,” said Larmour.

“I have good memories, even though I didn’t play and even the final we lost to Glentoran was a great occasion.

“The Irish Cup is always special and the experienced players in our squad and the manager are trying to get that through to the young players.

“It’s exciting, even at my age and it would be great if we can go on a run.”

And the Welders fancy their chances of doing just that.

Glenavon stand in their way of causing what would at least be a minor upset, with Gary Hamilton’s side ninth in the Premiership while the Welders sit fifth in Belfast Telegraph Championship 1.

“Glenavon have been up and down this season and I am sure that Gary Hamilton would admit that himself,” said Larmour.

“When you look at the tie the pressure is all on Glenavon. For us it’s the reverse of last week when we were favourites against Sport & Leisure and now we’re the underdogs.

“We’ve been a bit up and down ourselves but we’ll be going to Mourneview Park with confidence.

“Everyone wants to do well in the Irish Cup, no matter who you are playing for and what you’ve done in your career before, and it still gives me a bit of a buzz.”

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Dungannon Swifts have signed Tuda Murphy as a replacement for goalkeeper Niall Morgan, who has left the club to pursue his GAA career with Tyrone.

Ards have also added a new goalkeeper to their squad, with former Lisburn Distillery number one Philip Matthews coming out of retirement at the age of 38 to provide back-up to Graeme McKibbin

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