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Murphy eyes more Ports pain

By Graham Luney

William Murphy has predicted a ferocious test for his Coleraine side against Portadown in today's Irish Cup sixth round showdown.

The Linfield legend, who is assisting former Blues team-mate Oran Kearney at the Bannsiders, knows Ronnie McFall's charges will be desperate to take out their Premiership frustration on the north-west side.

There will be tension in the air at Shamrock Park as Europe's longest serving manager needs a victory to keep silverware hopes alive in his final season as Ports supremo. Coleraine are capable of delivering a knockout blow and they will be looking to take advantage of any nervousness in the home camp.

Murphy, however, knows that only a solid and strong performance from his side will keep their Irish Cup dream alive.

"Portadown's league form has been indifferent, a lot of players are leaving or have signed pre-contracts with other clubs," said 'Winkie' who earned legendary status at Linfield, making more than 630 appearances for the Blues as he became one of the club's all-time greats.

"They can't win the league title but they will certainly be looking to have a say in who does and I'm sure they will view the Irish Cup as their big shot at silverware. Ronnie (McFall) will have the Ports well up for this one and we will have to also show that desire.

"The Irish Cup is our biggest knockout trophy and everyone wants to be involved in the final and win it."

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