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Captains call: Linfield and Glenavon ready to serve up Irish Cup classic

By Stuart McKinley

Rival Irish Cup final captains Andy Waterworth and Kris Lindgo into today’s 2.30pm Windsor Park showpiece with a common aim — to win the trophy, and to do it in style.

The Linfield and Glenavon skippers have vowed to make the final live up to it’s big billing by giving the fans a treat — a 12,000 sellout crowd will watch the first final inside the new-look national stadium, boosted by a live TV audience on BBC NI.

With Europa League qualification and the £160,000 cash windfall that goes with it already secured by both clubs before the final, bosses David Healy and Gary Hamilton can place the emphasis on attack, without the pressure of the financial reward weighing on their shoulders.

Lindsay said: “The Irish Cup final is the best day of the season. You’ve got to enjoy it, but you only enjoy it if you win and that’s what we’re aiming to do.

“We want to bring our best game on the big day and to give the fans an entertaining game and with the quality in both teams it could be a great match.”

Waterworth, who scored twice in Glentoran’s 2013 Cup victory over Cliftonville before moving to Linfield, said: “When you get to the Irish Cup final the whole league is watching you. I can remember the expectation last time and that’s going to be multiplied now that we’re playing in a new stadium.

“I just hope that we can make it an occasion to remember by producing a good final for the fans.”

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