Belfast Telegraph

Tuffey is in hunt for his dream double

By Graham Luney

Jonny Tuffey says he's hoping for another emotional end to the season with Glenavon after the tears flowed following last season's Irish Cup Final.

The Lurgan Blues goalkeeper savoured a special win over his former club Linfield in the May showpiece and he's hoping for a repeat performance 12 months on.

There could be a repeat of last year's final at Windsor Park next month as Glenavon entertain Coleraine at the Ballymena Showgrounds tonight (5.15pm) after Linfield and Dungannon Swifts battle in the first semi-final at Mourneview Park (3pm).

Tuffey couldn't hold back the tears after his side conquered Linfield 2-0 in last year's decider and victory was particularly sweet as it came against the club that showed him the door.

"I'm not one of those who is happy to drift along and pick up my wages," said Tuffey who has won eight Northern Ireland caps. "I was disappointed how my spell with Linfield ended as I went there to win trophies and unfortunately it didn't happen.

"But Gary (Hamilton) showed faith in me and it's just a wonderful feeling to be able to go back to the National Stadium and win the Irish Cup. It is the stuff dreams are made of and I could not hide my emotions."

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