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Linfield's Lowry out to defend unbeaten cup record

Philip Lowry is one of a privileged posse of players who know what it feels like to score in an Irish Cup Final.

While football is a team game — it’s also about those individual moments that will be videoed in the mind forever.

Lowry headed home Damien Curran’s corner in the 2010 decider against Portadown as David Jeffrey’s men went on to seal a 2-1 victory.

Jeffrey has always shown absolute faith in the former Institute midfielder to deliver on the big occasions since he moved to the Blues in May, 2009.

The 22-year-old Queen’s pharmacy student has been combining his football with his university studies but, more often than not, while donning a Linfield jersey, he has passed all his tests with flying colours.

“Scoring in the final was a very special moment for me but of more importance is the fact that I haven’t lost an Irish Cup game since joining Linfield,” said Lowry.

“Hopefully that record will be intact come Saturday. It’s a wonderful feeling to score in a final but winning the match and lifting the trophy is all that matters.

“Who scores isn’t really important. But this game will be tougher than last year because the Crues have been in great form and reaching the final of the Setanta Cup is a tremendous achievement. I watched them beat Coleraine in the IRN-BRU Cup Final and they fully deserved their win.

“Cup Finals are there to be enjoyed and it’s important you don’t let the occasion pass you by.”

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