Darren Murphy urges Swifts to ‘seize the moment’

Darren Murphu
Darren Murphu

Dungannon Swifts boss Darren Murphy has urged his players to “seize the moment” as they prepare for Saturday’s Irish Cup clash with Glentoran.

The Swifts face a tricky trip to The Oval to face Eddie Patterson’s Glens in the quarter-finals of the blue riband competition.

It has been a bumpy ride for Murphy as his side has fought its way into the last eight.

They opened their cup account with a tense extra-time victory over Ballinamallard United in the fifth round.

Dungannon followed that up with an equally nervy penalty shoot-out win against Ballyclare Comrades.

The Stangmore Park outfit have earned their place in the quarters, and Murphy hopes his players make the most of their chance on Mersey Street.

“It’s an old cliché, but cup football comes down to whoever performs on the day,” he said.

“We have to go out and give it our best shot, and if it is good enough then that will be great. It it isn’t, well at least we won’t have any regrets.

“Last season we played Ballymena in the quarter-finals and we were 3-0 down after 30 minutes.

“It was bitterly disappointing because the lads just didn’t turn up. They blew their chance.

“So hopefully that is a reminder of what is expected on Saturday when we travel to The Oval.”

Murphy believes his Dungannon side faces one of the toughest draws in the last eight.

“I think Glentoran are a very good side, and they probably don’t get as much credit as they should do,” he added.

“Eddie Patterson has done a fantastic job there, under pretty limited resources.

“They have cemented their place in the top six and are pushing for Europe. They also have the Irish Cup to push for.

“They won the cup under Eddie three years ago. They will be determined to try and repeat that.”

Dungannon reached the Irish Cup final back in 2007, losing in a penalty shoot-out to Linfield.

“That was a great run for the club, and it shows you that it can be done,” Murphy added.

“We have enjoyed a decent run in the cup in recent years. We reached the quarters last season and we are here again.

“Hopefully we can take our chance on Saturday and reach the semis.”