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Underdogs can bare their teeth, says Lurgan Celtic's Aaron Haire

By Graham Luney

Aaron Haire feels Lurgan Celtic are well equipped to perform the greatest ever Irish Cup shock. The Championship One side are huge underdogs in the Tennent's Irish Cup semi-final battle with a red-hot Linfield at Windsor Park tomorrow (3pm).

A glamour decider in the stunning surroundings of the new-look international venue against either Crusaders or Glenavon awaits the winners and Colin Malone's men are chasing a miracle.

The Blues, under David Healy, are hungry to exorcise the ghost of their County Antrim Shield final loss to Ballymena United but after humbling Portadown in the quarter-finals, Lurgan Celtic are ready to ruffle feathers again.

"We will go out there believing we can win the game, otherwise what is the point?" said former Portadown striker Haire, who was on the bench when Linfield beat the Ports 2-1 in the 2010 final.

"It's the biggest game of our careers and you want to make it count.

"There are no egos in this team, we are one strong unit and by working hard for each other we can achieve a lot.

"There's an opportunity to record one of the biggest shocks in Irish Cup history and it would be nice to go into the history books.

"I used to play against Mark Haughey in my younger days so it will be nice to come up against him.

"I was a young, developing player when I was at Portadown but it was great to be involved in big matches and cup runs.

"This is my second spell at Lurgan Celtic and I'm loving it. The club has given me an opportunity to play the game I love and we will go to Windsor with plenty of belief.

"We've surprised quite a few people and hopefully that continues."

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