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McCaffrey hungry to make big stage again

By Graham Luney

Published 09/01/2016

Glentoran's Fra McCaffrey
Glentoran's Fra McCaffrey

Fra McCaffrey hopes the arrival of Glentoran's Irish Cup defence can spark their season into life.

The Glens lie sixth in the Danske Bank table and new boss Alan Kernaghan has been assigned the tough task of transforming the side into title challengers.

While the east-Belfast men have stumbled in the Premiership, two Irish Cup wins in three years remains a phenomenal achievement and ahead of Ards' visit in the fifth round today, McCaffrey wants even more Cup magic.

"We have been winning games here and there but also not beating teams we should be beating and there are too many draws as well," he said.

"There is pressure at Glentoran to win every match but you always want to perform well in the big Cup competitions and we are capable of reaching another final and beating anyone along the way.

"Ards are flying in the Championship and we will give them respect. They have only lost three league games this season and I'm sure they are buzzing. It will be a tough game for us but we'll be ready for it.

"Last year's Irish Cup celebrations were amazing but I've mixed emotions about it as I missed half of my brother's (Daniel) wedding. But it was great to get a winner's medal and I'd love to get another one."

Since Kernaghan was appointed boss in November, the Glens have won three out of nine league battles.

"I think it was wrong to expect Alan to come in and perform miracles," added McCaffrey. "Training is a bit different and the players have a bit more freedom to play which is a positive thing.

"Things were not going to change overnight but we know we need to keep working hard and improving."

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