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Lee Forsythe's men aim to shock champions

Ards Rangers boss Lee Forsythe will give Ryan Newberry the chance to showcase his undoubted talented at Solitude in tomorrow's Irish Cup Fifth Round clash against champions Cliftonville.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has been pivotal to Ards Rangers' run to the fifth round of the competition, scoring four in their third round win over Lisburn Rangers and helping his side to a 6-2 success over Sport & Leisure Swifts in the fourth round.

It's changed days for the former Glentoran player. In 2012 the IFA gave him an eight-month ban from football after an incident in Moldova whilst representing the Northern Ireland Regions Cup team.

Since returning to football, and his old club Ards Rangers, he has collected a Border Regiment Cup winners medal and attracted the attention of a number of Irish League clubs.

And Forsythe believes Newberry has all the attributes to play in the Irish League.

"He's actually been struggling with a back injury recently, but a few weeks ago when he was fully fit, the level he was playing at was ridiculous. In terms of technical ability there are few players who are better than him.

"After we beat Lisburn Rangers, (their manager) Paul Kirk said that Newberry could play for any team in the country, and he is someone who has been there and done it in the Irish League

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"I know Premiership clubs are monitoring him with a view to signing him in the summer while I know a few Championship clubs would take him tomorrow. Of course, I want him to stay with me at Ards Rangers and help us achieve even more.

"He's also far from our only good player, but we know we are up against it at Solitude."


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