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History boy Kevin Kelbie sets sights on more cup joy

By Graham Luney

Published 28/01/2016

Former Ballymena United and Glenavon favourite Kevin Kelbie is looking forward to battling against Cliftonville old boy Liam Boyce after his Scottish Cup heroics.
Former Ballymena United and Glenavon favourite Kevin Kelbie is looking forward to battling against Cliftonville old boy Liam Boyce after his Scottish Cup heroics.

Former Ballymena United and Glenavon favourite Kevin Kelbie is looking forward to battling against Cliftonville old boy Liam Boyce after his Scottish Cup heroics.

The 30-year-old striker netted in extra time for minnows Linlithgow Rose to stun League One side Forfar Athletic.

It was a mighty blow delivered by the East Superleague boys who have now become the first junior league side to make it to the last 16. Up next is Premiership side Ross County when Kelbie and co will plot another fairy tale triumph.

"In the second half, I cracked one off the post and I thought it was going in. You've just got to keep digging in and chances will come. Luckily enough, we got the wee breakthrough - happy days," said Kelbie, who was brought to the Showgrounds by then Sky Blues boss Tommy Wright.

"Some of the boys haven't played senior football. We have just got to look forward to it."

Kelbie has played senior football with Alloa Athletic, Greenock Morton and Stirling Albion, but since 2012 he has been competing in the separate Scottish Junior Football League system and has spent the past two seasons with Linlithgow.

"It's certainly exciting for us to go and play Ross County, not just for me but for all the boys and the club," added Kelbie.

"We'll just go and enjoy it, there's no pressure on us - we're not expected to win."

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