Eoin Bradley and Kevin Braniff may hold the key for Glenavon
GLENAVON captain Kris Lindsay believes ace goalscorers Eoin Bradley and Kevin Braniff will hold the key to the Lurgan Blues' chances of lifting their second Irish Cup in the space of three years when they tangle with Linfield in the final at Windsor Park on Saturday.
Braniff produced a virtuoso display in the 4-3 semi-final win over Crusaders, when he hit all of his team's goals when Bradley was serving a six-match suspension. But both will be in the line-up for Saturday's showpiece and former Linfield defender Lindsay thinks his prolific strikers are capable of condemning David Healy's side to another season without a trophy.
"Braniff's a quality player, on his day he's probably the most effective forward in the league; you saw that in the semi final when he scored four very different goals of real quality," he said.
"We'll need both Braniff and Bradley to be in top form in the cup final and, if they are, then I reckon we're in with a good chance of winning. Eoin's a big, strong lad and he gives us something different up front; he's scored 23 goals this season and you can't argue with that.
"He gives us that option up front; fair play to him, he gets a bit of grief from opposition fans, but that's just the sort of player he is. He's big, he's robust and puts himself about and scores plenty of important goals for us and you can't ask for anything more than that from a player."
However, Lindsay is understandably reluctant to label Glenavon as favourites against a Linfield side that finished one place ahead of his own team in the Danske Bank Premiership standings: "They'll go into it as favourites obviously, having finished second in the league; they'll want to win it, Healy will want to win it and get his first trophy in the first final at the revamped Windsor Park or national stadium or whatever you want to call it," added the 32-year-old.
"They'll be all out to win it, as will we, but we'll go out there and enjoy it with our European qualification secured, which is vital for the club with the financial implications surrounding that."