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Dornan's Swifts bid to reach first final in 19 years and end drought

By Keith Bailie

Linfield Swifts could reach their first Steel & Sons Cup final in 19 years if things go their way tonight.

Alan Dornan's young team will play Amateur League outfit Crumlin Star in this evening's Toals Bookmakers semi-final at Seaview (7.45pm).

Linfield's reserve side have won the famous intermediate competition on eight occasions, but haven't reached the final since 1997. On that day, they defeated Dundela 1-0 at Seaview thanks to a golden goal from Andy McLean.

Linfield's current generation of young starlets are top of the NIFL Development League, just ahead of Ballymena United Reserves and Cliftonville Olympic, courtesy of goal difference.

Dornan's side will face highly-rated Amateur League Premier Division side Crumlin Star.

The Belfast club are managed by former Cliftonville and Glentoran coach Paul Trainor, whose squad currently features former Cliftonville duo Darren Murray and Joe McNeill.

The Star, who are currently eighth in the top division of the Amateur League, have never previously reached the final of the Steel & Sons Cup.

The winners of tonight's clash will play Premier Intermediate League outfit Dundela in the Christmas Eve decider following the Duns' 2-0 victory over Glebe Rangers on Friday night.

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