IRISH CUP: Linfield’s Stephen Lowry looks to make amends for last year’s Final

Linfield's  Stephen Lowry celebrates his goal against Ballinamallard
Linfield's Stephen Lowry celebrates his goal against Ballinamallard

Linfield midfielder Stephen Lowry believes last Saturday’s 2-1 win against Ballinamallard United in the League will lift the Blues for Saturday’s Irish Cup semi-final against Dungannon Swifts at Mourneview Park.

The Blues were trailing 1-0 to the Mallards before they fought back to 1-1 before Lowry scored the winner in the dying minutes to secure the three points.

That result means David Healy’s men lie four points behind league leaders Crusader and Lowry believes they will carry that fighting spirit into the semi-final against the Swifts.

“The goal last week was good but I was just over joyed to see it hit the back of the net.

“Our form has been very good of late - even at Windsor - and we have a good squad here now and we are in good form,

“This is a huge six weeks for us, starting with the game against Dungannon in the Cup.

“There is a good feeling in the camp about the Irish Cup this year and we know we owe the fans for the disappointment of our performance in last year’s final.

“Our performance in the final last year was not good enough and listen there is no better way of putting that right than winning it this year.

“It is not going to be an easy game against Dungannon, but we are confident that we can go on and win that game.

“They are a good side, but if we turn up and perform to the best of our ability we should come away with the win, but we know it will not be easy.”