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Dungannon can add Irish Cup crown to last year's League Cup success, says McElroy

 

Ambition: Paul McElroy wants further success at Dungannon
Ambition: Paul McElroy wants further success at Dungannon

By Adrian Rutherford

Paul McElroy believes Dungannon are capable of another cup triumph this season.

The winger scored as the Swifts beat Mid-Ulster rivals Glenavon to make the last eight of the Tennent's Irish Cup on Monday night.

They now have a home tie against Championship side Ballinamallard.

While McElroy insists Dungannon - League Cup winners in 2018 - will take nothing for granted, he admits there is a real chance for more silverware.

McElroy said: "The cups are always important to a club like Dungannon.

"Last season we won the League Cup as everyone knows, and there was a big buzz about the club. We said after last season that we would like to go on and challenge for more trophies.

"No one is getting carried away, but it's always nice to be in the latter rounds of the Irish Cup and who knows what could happen?

"It's cup football, they are one-off games, it's not like the league where it's over a period of games."

Dungannon are in great form, and made it six wins from eight at Mourneview Park. McElroy's winner came in the 16th minute from the spot after he was taken down by Seamus Sharkey.

He added: "I don't think there was any complaint with the penalty. Thankfully it was enough on the night to send us through.

"Most of the goals I've scored this season have been important, and thankfully I've come up with another one tonight."

Dungannon now have a home quarter-final against Ballinamallard on March 2. They will be big favourites against the Fermanagh men, who are sixth in the Championship.

However, McElroy insists they will have the right attitude.

"We'll take nothing for granted - definitely not," he added.

"We will approach every game the same way, no matter who we are playing, whether it's Linfield or Glenavon or Ballymena or Ballinamallard."

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