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Dornan’s Linfield starlets keen to emulate seniors and clinch treble

By Graham Luney

More room may have to be found in the Windsor Park trophy cabinet tonight as Linfield Swifts wrestle with Limavady United in the Intermediate Cup final at the international venue (7.45pm).

The Blues’ senior team stormed to a trophy treble this season by lifting the County Antrim Shield, Gibson Cup and Tennent’s Irish Cup and now it’s the turn of the club’s emerging stars to claim some of the spotlight.

The Swifts have already enjoyed a fantastic campaign, clinching the league title and Steel and Sons Cup.

Under the guidance of legendary Linfield defender Alan Dornan, the wee Blues have been inspired by the first team’s heroics and their performances indicate the club’s production line is in fine working order.

“The squad will be very young and it will be a great experience for a few teenagers coming up against a very strong Limavady side,” said Dornan.

“We have had Limavady watched and they are a formidable side. We never say to the players that you have to win games, we don’t put them under that pressure. It’s important that they are always learning and developing the right habits on and off the pitch.

“The ultimate goal for us is to see these lads progress to the first team and if they can win games and trophies it does give them that winning mentality and appetite to do it at senior level.

“The lads are in a big Cup final and we’ll see how they cope with that. There will be a good crowd and it’s an opportunity for them to express themselves. I keep telling them that David Healy is taking a huge interest in how they are developing and it’s a tough assignment like this one which helps them in their careers.”

Admission is by ticket purchasable from the ticket office at the Railway Stand prior to kick off, priced £7 adult or £3 concession.

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