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Beware the underdog, Waterworth warns Linfield

By Stuart McKinley

Andy Waterworth has a warning for his Linfield team-mates before they face Lurgan Celtic in the semi-final of the Irish Cup - because he knows just how hard underdogs can bite.

David Healy's men are expected to march past the Championship 1 side and reach their first final since 2012, but there will be no complacency on Waterworth's part.

The Blues captain was in the Glentoran team that was humbled by Amateur League side Newington YC four years ago in one of the Cup's biggest-ever shocks and he doesn't want to suffer a repeat.

"I've been burnt before and we shouldn't be expecting an easy passage to the final against Lurgan Celtic," said Waterworth - who strangely wasn't among the goalscorers when the Blues beat Warrenpoint Town 6-2 on Tuesday night.

"It's a similar game to Warrenpoint in many ways, as that was a potential banana skin too and we had to make sure we were on top of our game to win it.

"Lurgan Celtic got this far because they beat Portadown at Shamrock Park in the last round, which is something that we weren't able to do this season."

Lurgan Celtic have been hit with a goalkeeping crisis after regular number one Conor McCorry was sent off last weekend and back-up Jamie McAtavey has a broken wrist, but Waterworth is reading nothing into that.

"We had our goalkeeper sent off a few weeks ago and we defended better without him - because we had to - and Lurgan Celtic will be the same," said Waterworth.

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