Lyttle relishing Blues showdown in cup

Cliftonville defeated Linfield 2-1 in their last meeting in November

Cliftonville defeated Linfield 2-1 in their last meeting in November

Cliftonville boss Gerard Lyttle is looking forward to Saturday’s “massive” Irish Cup quarter-final against Linfield at Solitude.

The Reds go into match on a high after a 2-0 win over Glentoran on Tuesday night kept their title hopes alive.

“I can’t wait for the game – it’s massive for everyone involved and the boys are raring to go after the victory over the Glens,” said Lyttle.

“This is not make or break for our season but we’re determined to win.”

Another north Belfast quarter-final sees Premiership pacesetters Crusaders take on Carrick Rangers at Seaview.

Rangers gave up home advantage because of continuing problems with their Belfast Loughshore Arena pitch.

Crues defender Joshua Robinson has been named the Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Association Player of the Month for February.

Robinson will soon be travelling to English League One side Fleetwood Town on trial.


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There a chance of a shock in the other two quarter-finals with Championship One sides chasing a spot in the semi-finals.

Loughgall meet Glenavon at Mourneview Park while Lurgan Celtic face Portadown in a mid-Ulster derby.

Celtic, who are managed by former Glenavon boss Colin Malone, are a team in form while Portadown have struggled this season

Lurgan striker Shea Conaty is one of three former Ports players in the squad – he was on the Shamrock Park team’s bench for last season’s Irish Cup final defeat by Glentoran.

“We’re underdogs and that’s exactly how we want it,” said Conaty.

“No-body expected them to be so poor this season while we are flying high – we’ve nothing to lose.”

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