IRISH CUP: Kevin Braniff hoping to continue goal streak

Glenavon talisman Kevin Braniff
Glenavon talisman Kevin Braniff

Kevin Braniff is hoping to continue his fine goal streak in Saturday’s Irish Cup final – just don’t be betting on him opening the scoring.

You can get Braniff at around 13/2 to bag the first goal of the game, tantalising odds for a player who has found the net seven times in his last seven games.

The impressive return included a staggering four goals in Glenavon’s 4-3 victory over Crusaders in the semi-finals of the Irish Cup.

Braniff is hoping he can continue his streak against Linfield at Windsor Park on Saturday afternoon.

“I managed to find my scoring boots in the final few weeks of the season,” he said.

“I scored in 1 -0 win over Coleraine and then got the four in the cup semi. That was a memorable night.

“Hopefully I can get one on Saturday. Scoring in an Irish Cup final would be special.”

So, should fans stake a wager on him breaking the deadlock on Saturday?

“I would never ask anyone to bet on me,” Braniff laughs.

“Saturday is going to be a massive occasion, and I don’t care who scores the goals to help Glenavon win the Irish Cup.”

Braniff believes the atmosphere inside Windsor will be “electric”.

It is expected that over 10,000 will grace the international stadium for the end-of-season showpiece.

“It is going to be very special, certainly the biggest atmosphere I will have played in since coming home,” Braniff said.

“Glenavon have a massive crowd going, and that is exciting. It is something to relish and savour.

“As a player, these are the kind of atmospheres you want to play in.”