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Determined Stephen Lowry out to emulate his brother's Irish Cup final winner

By Stuart McKinley

The words 'Lowry scored the Irish Cup final winner' have been heard before by Linfield fans. And midfield ace Stephen Lowry wants history to repeat itself this season.

There is a sibling rivalry bubbling in the family ahead of Saturday's Irish Cup final, but this is one with a difference as Stephen Lowry has the family reputation to uphold.

Not only will he be trying to win the trophy that his brother Philip lifted three times with Linfield, the younger member of the family also netted the goal that gave the Blues a 2-1 victory over Portadown back in 2010 in his first final appearance.

Stephen arrived at Windsor Park in the summer of 2014, just a few days after Philip left for Derry City, taking over the number eight shirt as well, but hasn't yet got his hands on major silverware.

That is something the 29-year-old is determined to put right and a goal would put the cherry on the cake.

"I was at the final when Philip scored against Portadown, as well as the one against Crusaders the year after," said Stephen.

"I haven't spoken to him about it, but I will be giving him a call later in the week, before the final. I suppose that I have something to live up to.

"I've only scored once this season, although I've had a couple of chances recently. Maybe I'm saving one for the final."

Lowry has endured a difficult season with a knee injury. He had been a regular until mid-November, but then didn't return until Easter Tuesday.

His comeback is perfectly timed, as not only did the former Coleraine man play a key role in the semi-final success over Lurgan Celtic, he was also in the team for the first four post-split league matches before being rested against Glenavon last Saturday - which suggests he will start against the Lurgan Blues in the showpiece this weekend.

"I had a longer setback than I expected," he said.

"I'd hoped I would be back in six weeks, but it turned into four months.

"It was difficult, but I got back at a good time and played in the semi-final and then against Crusaders in the league in another big game.

"The manager has stuck with me and I feel fresh and fit, which can hopefully work to my advantage."

Lowry is due to move into a new house at the end of the month with wife Camilla and baby daughter Eve and he would love to have an Irish Cup medal to adorn the mantlepiece.

"I knew we would challenge in the league and you always hope that you get a good run in the Irish Cup," said Lowry.

"While I was out the team was doing well and that gave me the incentive to work hard to get back.

"I signed for Linfield with the aim of winning things.

"I would have liked to have won something before now, but this is my opportunity to put that right and I'll have a space reserved in the new house if I can win an Irish Cup medal."

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