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Veteran Carroll can keep hitting high notes next season: McAree

 

By Graham Luney

Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree has backed Roy Carroll to remain a thorn in the side of Irish League frontmen for at least one more season.

McAree looked on in amazement as the Linfield No.1 produced a world-class save to flick away Peter McMahon's deflected effort as the Blues edged out the Swifts 1-0 in the Tennent's Irish Cup semi-final at Mourneview Park on Saturday.

Stephen Lowry then weaved his magic at the other end to fire Linfield into the Cup decider against Coleraine.

The Northern Ireland stopper, who turns 40 in September, is not making any retirement plans.

"As soon as the ball looped up in the air I thought it was in, but Roy produced a fantastic save," said McAree. "He's been a top-class goalkeeper, he's had a full-time career and he's probably coming to the end of it, but whenever he makes saves like that and he's as sprightly as he is there's a lot of life left in the old dog and he could go on for another season or two."

Linfield's matchwinner Lowry said: "Roy has been massive for us this season, he adds a lot to the changing room and keeps all the boys on their toes. The save showed his flexibility. He may be in his late 30s but he's top class and kept us in the game. Roy gave us the chance to get into the next round."

• Linfield Swifts are the first side into the final of the Intermediate Cup after they defeated ten-man Newington in their semi-final, triumphing 5-4 after extra-time last night.

• Scott Irvine has announced his retirement. The Larne player recovered after suffering a serious head injury during an Irish Cup match after he collided with a perimeter wall in 2015.

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