TENNENT’S IRISH CUP: Larne manager Davy McAlinden challenges Ciaran Murray to deliver

Larne boss Davy McAlinden
Larne boss Davy McAlinden

David McAlinden is banking on Ciaran Murray shooting Larne into the sixth round of the Tennent’s Irish Cup when they make the trip to Loughgall on Saturday.

The striker is back at Inver Park on loan until the end of the season from Cliftonville and he will add his weight to what is an already potent strikeforce.

Goals from substitute John Donnelly and striker Guillaume Keke against Limavady last month – after two postponements – earned Larne their fifth round slot.

McAlinden is hoping it’s not the end of the dream. He said: “It wasn’t pretty at Limavady, but it was all about being in the hat for the fifth round.

“We now have a realistic chance to for even further, although we’ll be taking nothing for granted. If anything, we are top heavy in terms of our striking options.

“James McCabe has been playing well while Keke and Paul Maguire always deliver.

“And, most people know what Cairan is all about – he’s got goals in him.”

Larne have already won at Lakeview Park this season – they enjoyed a thumping 7-3 victory back on October.

But McAlinden insists that’s now history. He added: That match will not make a blind bit of difference to this tie.

“It’s all about how you perform on the day. But I have great belief in my time and I feel if they play to the best of their ability, there will only be one outcome.

“We only have one aim – to be in the draw for the next round.”