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Goal king Aaron Burns is planning another red-hot display

By Graham Luney

Published 07/05/2016

Aaron Burns
Aaron Burns

Aaron Burns' only taste of an Irish Cup final was warming the bench for Linfield's 2-1 win over Portadown in 2010.

Now after slotting in a hat-trick in the Blues' semi-final victory over Lurgan Celtic, the attacking midfielder is looking to hit the big time at Windsor Park against Glenavon today.

And after finding the net an incredible 27 times this season, the former Portadown ace could provide the fireworks in the showpiece.

"Part of me was disappointed not to feature against Portadown but I was a young player back then and there were more experienced players called upon to do a job," said Burns.

"I'd be more disappointed to be left on the sidelines now as I'm a more established player in the squad. Twenty-seven goals is a good statistic for this season and I've been very pleased with my form but such has been the quality of the crosses that I can't miss!

"Fingers crossed I can score more goals in the final. I was very fortunate to score a hat-trick in the semi-final but I'd be happy with a place in the starting XI and a win.

"I would have liked to have played more matches but all players will say that. You work hard all year and try to perform to the standards expected of you so you will be disappointed for those players that miss out on a final place.

"It has been a long time since Linfield's last Irish Cup win and the County Antrim Shield defeat this season was another huge blow. The players understand we need to get across the line and win silverware.

"Glenavon are one of the most dangerous teams we could be facing and in Kevin Braniff they have a star man who really showed his class in the semi-final against Crusaders but we also have many match-winners."

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