TENNENT’S IRISH CUP: Glenavon goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey warns of Harland and Wolff Welders threat – again

Glenavon goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey receives his Player of the Month award from NI Football Writers' Association chairman Stephen Watson
Glenavon goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey receives his Player of the Month award from NI Football Writers' Association chairman Stephen Watson

Glenavon goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey has warned if his team are not mentally tuned in they could again come a cropper against H&W Welders in Saturday’s Tennent’s Irish Cup fifth round clash at Tillysburn (1.30pm kick-off).

Gary Hamilton’s boys have horrible memories from their visit to east Belfast 12 months ago when they crashed out of the competition in a thrilling contest.

But the Lurgan Blues are a different proposition these days and Tuffey, who has been named the Belleek December Player of the Month – nominated by the NI Football Writers – insists they’ll be up for the challenge.

“It’s another game of football we have to win,” he said.

“To me it doesn’t matter who the opposition is, whether it be Crusaders, Linfield or the Welders.

“The mindset has to be the same. We know we have no right to go to Tillysburn and win. They have as much right to beat us. For us it’s about attitude and mental strength.

“We’ve being doing well in terms of performances, but I think there is still a lot more to come. Without being disrespectful to Warrenpoint, we were disappointed to drop a home point against them recently.

“Overall, we are happy. We are halfway through the season, so it’s important to keep our foot on the gas and keep progressing.”

Tuffey is thrilled to pick his first player of the month award. After being released by Linfield last season, he been instrumental in Glenavon’s impressive run.

“It was difficult (leaving the Blues) because I’m not the type to sit about and pick up wages,” he added. “I want to play football and I want to enjoy it. Warren Feeney had a decision to make and you respect that – that’s football.

“No one can accuse me of throwing in the towel because I trained as hard as I could. But I’m really enjoying it at Mourneview Park. A lot of credit has to go to Gary Hamilton and Windy (Paul) Millar. They have been honest with me from day one.”