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Glenavon 1-2 Loughgall

Loughgall celebrate Gary Liggett's would-be winner.
Loughgall celebrate Gary Liggett's would-be winner.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Loughgall are through to the semi-finals of the Irish Cup and will be no pushover their either, according to goal-scorer Gary Liggett.

He got the would-be winner as the Championship side saw off Glenavon 2-1 in a quarter-final that was one of, if not the only sporting event to survive the freeze in Northern Ireland on Saturday afternoon.

Loughgall last played in the semi-finals in 1997 and with the three postponed quarters due to be play on Tuesday, March 13, Liggett is optimistic his side can more than make up the numbers in the final four.

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"We can trouble teams, 100%," he said. "We've got pace and energy, younger players with a few old heads. We've got a good balance, we're a close knit group and we can do anything on our day.

"There's no pressure on us, there wasn't any today either. We can go and enjoy the semi-final, whoever it's against."

Dale Montgomery had put Loughgall 1-0 ahead seconds after Liggett missed a first-half penalty and but for Glenavon goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey, they could have netted more.

"We came with a game plan and stuck to it 100%," explained Liggett. "We kept the ball well and obviously I could have scored. Dale scored straight away thankfully.

"We had something to hold onto and that's what it was at time. We weren't out of our own half much. Getting the second goal gave us the cushion before a nervy end."

Liggett has had two spells at Glenavon and grew up across the road from Mourneview Park, but that didn't mean there was any hint of mixed emotions on Saturday afternoon.

He said: "I've played here for and against Glenavon. The club you're playing for is the club you're doing everything for. Glenavon, since I was here, have come on leaps and bounds. They're a top side now. They're going well but for us, it's just exciting to be in the semi-final.

"I've never been as far as this before and to do it with Loughgall, it's fantastic."

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