Richhill AFC set for date with destiny

Thursday, 8 December 2016

RICHHILL AFC are set to find out their opposition in the fifth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup at the National Stadium this afternoon (Tuesday, December 6).

Neil Rowntree's side go into the draw as the lowest ranked side left in the competition after they thumped Amateur League side Grove United in the fourth round last Saturday afternoon.

The Villagers fell behind early on against the North Belfast side, but once they regained their composure the home side were firmly on top.

Two goals from Adam Nesbitt and David Ross helped the Villagers on their way to the fifth round courtesy of a 6-2 win.

They now take their place in the draw alongside the likes of Linfield, Crusaders, Glentoran, reigning champions Glenavon and local Irish League duo Loughgall and Armagh City.

There is a slim possibility that Neil Rowntree's side will be able to fall upon home comforts.

A fifth round pairing with Portstewart, Fivemiletown United, Dollingston, Trojans or Crewe United could provide the Orchard side with a home tie.

Regardless if Richhill are called out for a home draw, they will be forced to reverse the fixture if they are drawn to face any of the teams currently in any of the three Irish League divisions.

Indeed Marty Rice's Armagh City and Dean Smith's Loughgall FC could very well be possible opponents for the Mid-Ulster Intermediate B side.

City and Loughgall have good pedigree in the cup in recent years and Loughgall impressed everyone last season as they reached the quarter-finals of the competition.

They eventually came unstuck against the eventual winners Glenavon at Mourneview Park.

In other local football news, Loughgall exited the Mid-Ulster Cup after a second half free-kick from Paul Carville proved to be just about enough for the Eagles to seal a 2-1 win.

They now move forward to the final in January where they will meet Warrenpoint Town on Tuesday, January 24 with venue and kick off time yet to be confirmed.

This weekend Dean Smith and Marty Rice will both have their sights set on moving away from the relegation zone.

Loughgall welcome Ballyclare Comrades to Lakeview Park on Saturday afternoon for a 2pm kick off.

Armagh City welcome Harland and Wolff Welders to Holm Park for a 3pm start.


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