IRISH CUP: Dungannon Swifts are not underdogs in semi-final says Linfield’s Andrew Waterworth

Linfield's Andrew Waterworth
Linfield's Andrew Waterworth

Linfield’s Andrew Waterworth has laughed off suggestions that the Blues are already through to the final of this year’s Irish Cup.

The Windsor Park outfit take on Dungannon Swifts at Mourneview Park on Saturday afternoon in the last four and David Healy’s side - on league form - will go into the game as favourites.

But Waterworth is having none of it.

“People will call us favourites, but we are not approaching the game with that mindset.

“We all know how football works, and you can never take anything for granted.

“This is a one-off game of football at a neutral ground, so there are no underdogs.

“Dungannon might approach the game with nothing to lose, but we are under no illusions that this is going to be a very difficult Cup semi-final,” said Waterworth.

The Blues beat Ballinamallard United 2-1 last weekend to close the gap on league leaders Crusaders to four points but Waterworth knows there is still work to be done.

““We got a good result last week with Crusaders losing and we won. That has given everyone a lift.

“But we have to keep that feel-good factor going and get the win against Dungannon in the Irish Cup.

“We know we need to turn up if we want to reach another final. We can’t afford to be complacent or take our foot off the gas.

“And we want to make up for last year’s final. We started that game well but the goals killed us off.

“Goals change games, and in last year’s final that’s what happened.

“So we want to try and make things right this season, but we have to get past Dungannon first.

“At the end of the day it is two Premiership sides meeting each other, so it will be a tight match.

“Dungannon will fancy their chances, but we believe in our own ability.”

And Waterworth says he is determined to get his hands on another Irish Cup winners medal as soon as possible.

“We have proved how good we can be this season. We have won some big games under pressure. But we know we need to perform. I have won the Irish Cup once with Glentoran. I want to do it again with Linfield.”