Belfast Telegraph

O'Neill is now seeing double

By Graham Luney

Sean O'Neill feels Crusaders have the tools to win a league and cup double for the first time and an Irish Cup medal is high up his most wanted list.

The Seaview shot-stopper is also missing a County Antrim Shield medal but he craves a memorable day out in the May showpiece.

O'Neill was between the posts when Stephen Baxter's side lost 4-1 to Linfield in the 2012 final.

Since winning the prize in 2009 the Crues have suffered hard luck stories in the Irish Cup but the league champions are hungry for another glory shot.

"An Irish Cup winner's medal is the one I need and want," said O'Neill ahead of today's sixth round battle at Dungannon Swifts.

"I don't have a County Antrim Shield but even if I won that competition five times I wouldn't be content as I need an Irish Cup medal.

"It's a big day out for the club and fans and it would be special to be part of that. I have a loser's medal from the 2012 final when Linfield hammered us 4-1 and last year was also a big disappointment when we took our eye off the ball and lost to Glentoran in the semi-finals.

"At that time we were fully focused on landing the league title but now we are in a position to go for both and they are realistic targets even though we know it will be tough. After winning the league you set your sights on the double and since the club has never achieved that it would be another piece of history."

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