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Gray warns Reds against taking cup giantkillers Loughgall lightly

By Graham Luney

Cliftonville boss Barry Gray admitted his side had to weather a fierce storm against Linfield in the Irish Cup but he's now wary of being brought down to earth by Loughgall in the semi-finals.

Glenavon's conquerors will tackle the Reds at The Oval on Saturday, March 31.

"Linfield probably should have been out of sight," said Gray after Joe Gormley hit the winner at Windsor Park on Tuesday night.

"We were delighted to get into the dressing room at half-time with the score still level. We needed the interval, we had to address a few issues.

"After Warrenpoint Town, Crusaders and Linfield, I'm delighted to get Loughgall and that's not being disrespectful.

"They have already stung the big boys in this competition. We have to make sure they don't do it to us."

• Irish FA Disciplinary chiefs last night dismissed a challenge made by Dungannon Swifts in relation to Ryan Harpur's dismissal in the Bet McClean League Cup Final.

After assessing all the evidence it was concluded that the challenge did not establish that a clear and obvious error had been made. Harpur's three match suspension will commence on Monday, subject to a Swifts appeal.

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