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Crusaders test won't faze Glenavon, says Andy McGrory

Glenavon 2-1 Loughgall

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 07/03/2016

Net gains: Declan O’Brien hails goalscorer Andy McGrory
Net gains: Declan O’Brien hails goalscorer Andy McGrory

Andy McGrory insists Glenavon do not fear Crusaders as they chase a second Irish Cup triumph in three seasons.

After battling past Loughgall on Saturday, the semi-final provides a tough test for Gary Hamilton's side. The Crues, with a seven-point lead in the league, have their sights set on a double - but Glenavon ended their Irish Cup dreams at the last four stage en route to winning the competition in 2014.

And McGrory, who played in that game, sees no reason why history cannot repeat itself at Windsor Park on April 2.

"We beat Crusaders two years ago when we won it," he said. "It's a cup match and anyone can win. We will have no fear."

Glenavon will need to raise their game after struggling to hit top gear against Loughgall. The Championship One outfit proved awkward, despite playing the final 38 minutes with 10 men.

Glenavon held a half-time lead through Declan O'Brien. He forced the ball home after Kris Lindsay's looping header rebounded back off the crossbar.

Loughgall's hopes of an upset took a further hit when Ricky Copeland was sent off seven minutes after the restart.

McGrory made Glenavon's advantage count by doubling their lead from the spot in the 66th minute. Loughgall pulled a goal back as Stuart Mallon converted a Daniel Ryan pass but they couldn't find an equaliser.

Loughgall manager Gerard Boyle said: "The lads gave a good account of themselves, especially in the second-half.

"In the second-half we came out and passed it about, and I have to be happy."

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