IRISH CUP: David Healy urges Linfield to show no mercy against Armagh City

David Healy
David Healy

Linfield boss David Healy has urged his players to be merciless against Irish Cup minnows Armagh City on Saturday.

Armagh – 11th in Championship 1 – are 12/1 underdogs to cause a sixth round shock at Windsor Park .

Linfield last won the blue riband trophy in 2012, but have failed to get past the quarter-final stage in the past three seasons.

Healy is hoping the Blues can book their place in the last eight – and potentially go all the way in 2016.

“The Irish Cup is a big target for Linfield. We are doing well in the league but the cup is always on our radar,” Healy said.

“We have done our homework on Armagh – they have some experienced mixed in with youth.

“It will be a massive day for them coming to Windsor Park, but we have to be ruthless enough to send them packing and out of the Irish Cup.

“We will show Armagh the utmost respect. We have had them watched three times and I have received reports on them.

“We have to put out a team that will deliver a performance on the day. We certainly won’t be resting any players.

“We won’t be underestimating Armagh, and we will field the strongest team we can to make sure we get the result.

“We will look at our options and possibly make one or two changes, but I will be fielding the strongest possible team that I believe can get the desired result against Armagh.”