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Cup clash as big as it gets, says Mulgrew


Showdown: Linfield’s Jamie Mulgrew

Showdown: Linfield’s Jamie Mulgrew

Showdown: Linfield’s Jamie Mulgrew

Yesterday's Irish Cup fifth round draw produced relatively few David versus Goliath encounters - but giants are certain to topple thanks to some mouth-watering all-Premiership showdowns.

King amongst them is the joust between Glentoran and Linfield, with Blues midfielder Jamie Mulgrew declaring that the winner-takes-all battle is the biggest game that could have been delivered at any stage of the competition.

"Sometimes fifth round day is a bit straightforward because you get one of the so-called lesser teams but there's no margin for error here because these games are as big as they come," he said.

"One of Linfield or Glentoran won't be in the sixth round draw. That's a big motivator and a big incentive."

Elsewhere, Ballymena United will host Cliftonville, Crusaders welcome Ards to Seaview and Carrick Rangers travel to Coleraine, while Glenavon's defence of the trophy commences at home to Portstewart.

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