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Armagh boss Rice relishing massive showdown with Glens

Armagh defeated Glentoran 5-2 at Holm Park back in 2006

Armagh defeated Glentoran 5-2 at Holm Park back in 2006

  • by Gareth Fullerton
 

Manager Marty Rice would love it if lightning struck twice for Armagh City against Glentoran.

Eagles fans will fondly remember January 28, 2006 when the mighty Glens were put to the sword at Holm Park.

Armagh claimed a heroic 5-2 league victory over the Oval giants that afternoon eight years ago, a result that spelled the end for then Glentoran boss Roy Coyle.

Fast forward to 2014 and the circumstances may have changed, but the determination to succeed continues to burn bright.

Armagh – who currently ply their trade in Championship 2 – are 7/1 underdogs to claim another shock win over Glentoran.

The defending Irish Cup champions will be expected to progress to the quarter-finals, and Rice believes the visitors are in a “no-win situation”.

“If Glentoran win, then people will say ‘sure they only beat Armagh’. If they lose on Saturday, then it will be one of the biggest shocks in the cup’s history.

“So we have nothing to lose, and all the pressure is on Glentoran to progress.

“We are a Championship 2 club these days, while Glentoran are in the Premiership.

“People will recall the days when Armagh played top teams every other week. Glentoran were part of the club’s fixture schedule.

“The 5-2 victory is one of the most famous results ever seen at Holm Park, but times have changed.

“It would be great to earn another big result against Glentoran, but we are under no illusions.”

 

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