Top flight clubs survive fifth round

Published Saturday, 11 January 2014
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There were no major upsets in Saturday's Irish Cup action, although several top-flight sides face replays after being held by lower league opposition.

Top flight clubs survive fifth round
Kyle Neil celebrates after scoring to make it 7-0 on Saturday. (© Presseye)

Glenavon were the big winners with a 7-0 victory over Sport and Leisure Swifts at Mournview Park, while Linfield were 5-0 winners over Dergview.

Ballinamallard United will face Strabane Athletic again after being held to a goalless draw, Ballymena United drew 2-2 with Harland & Wolff Welders and Ards were held to the same scoreline by Armagh City.

In the two all-Premiership games Glentoran were 3-0 winners over a lacklustre Portadown at Shamrock Park, while Cliftonville drew 2-2 with Coleraine.

Aaron Boyd opened the scoring for the defending Irish Cup Champions in the 19th minute, but Darren Murray's penalty made it 1-1 before Glens debutant Curtis Allen netted twice in the second half to seal the victory.

In the game at Solitude Joe Gormley's spot-kick opened the scoring for Cliftonville against Coleraine, but Eoin Bradley played in short-term Bannsiders signing Stephen Dooley to score his second goal in two games six minutes before the break.

Liam Boyce put the Reds back in front with a header two minutes after the restart, but a 59th minute volley from David McDaid sealed the replay.

The other five top-flight sides all managed book their places in the sixth round, with Glenavon's 7-0 thrashing of Sport and Leisure Swifts the biggest win of the day

Championship side Bangor also scored 7 in their game against Glebe Rangers, with the visitors managing a solitary consolation goal as the game ended 7-1.

Linfield and Dungannon Swifts also recorded sizeable wins, with the Blues recording a 5-0 win over Dergview at Windsor Park and Dungannon securing a 5-1 victory away to Moyola Park to book their place in the next round.

Crusaders were given a tough workout by Crumlin Star, with the minnows holing the Premiership high-fliers to a 1-1 draw before Andy Smith's goal 17 minutes from time sealed a 2-1 win.

Elsewhere Warrenpoint Town progressed with a 2-0 victory over Chimney Corner.

In addition to Bangor, four other lower-league sides guaranteed their place in the sixth round.

Carrick Rangers beat Dundela 3-2, while Ballymoney United secured a 1-0 victory over Banbridge Town, Queens University overcame Limavady United by the same scoreline and Ballyclare Comrades were 3-0 winners over Kilmore Rec.

Lisburn Distillery face a replay against PSNI after their game finished goalless.

All Irish Cup replays will take place on Tuesday 21 January.

Saturday's Irish Cup results in full:

Armagh City 2-2 Ards

Ballinamallard United 0-0 Strabane Athletic

Ballyclare Comrades 3-0 Kilmore Rec.

Ballymoney United 1-0 Banbridge Town

Bangor 7-1 Glebe Rangers

Carrick Rangers 3-2 Dundela

Cliftonville 2-2 Coleraine

Crusaders 2-1 Crumlin Star

Glenavon 7-0 Sport & Leisure Swifts

HW Welders 2-2 Ballymena United

Linfield 5-0 Dergview

Lisburn Distillery 0-0 PSNI

Moyola Park 1-5 Dungannon Swifts

Portadown 1-3 Glentoran

Queen's University 1-0 Limavady United

Warrenpoint Town 2-0 Chimney Corner

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S.B. in Belfast wrote (382 days ago):
The Reds were lucky today to get away with a draw. We were very poor defensively for long periods and if Coleraine had taken half their chances we would be out. We really missed Ryan Catney in the middle of the park who gets stuck into the opposition and Coleraine bullied us physically at times. Off the field Stephen Carson got a standing ovation from both fans but some Coleraine fans really need to wise up and stop the sectarian singing. The anti-Catholic nonsense they pelted out for long periods was embarrassing and has no part in sport.
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