Derby delight for local duo in Irish Cup
Thursday, 12 January 2017
ARMAGH City and Loughgall have been rewarded for progressing from two tricky fifth round ties with lucrative home ties in the sixth round against County Armagh rivals Glenavon and Portadown respectively.
Marty Rice's City put their league woes to one side on Saturday, as they edged past an experienced Trojans side at Holm Park.
Dean Smith's Loughgall left it late at Lakeview Park, as they scored three late goals to edge past a plucky Fivemiletown United side.
Moments after the final whistle, City were handed a crack at the cup holders at Holm Park, while Loughgall will welcome ex-manager Niall Currie and his resurgent Portadown FC to Lakeview Park on Saturday, February 4.
Cup holders Glenavon survived a minor scare at Mourneview Park to secure their place in the sixth round. They fell behind to Intermediate opponents Portstewart in the opening stages of the tie, but two goals from new signing James Gray, Kris Lindsay and Andy McGrory saw Gary Hamilton's side end up 4-1 winners.
In East Antrim, Portadown were made to work hard by a committed Larne side as Niall Currie's side edged into the next round after winning 2-1 at Inver Park.
Both sides are likely to bring with them a large travelling support and a share of the gate receipts is likely to boost the coffers at both Holm Park and Lakeview Park.
In other Irish Cup news, Richhill AFC's journey to the fifth round of the competition was ended by a ruthless Dollingstown side at the Richhill Recreational Centre.
Stephen Uprichard's side showed their class early on by netting two quick fire goals in the first half.
Richhill roared back after the interval, with Jason Harper firing home much to the delight of the home crowd.
However, an incredible strike from Marty Doherty and a late goal from Gregg Harrison left an unfair reflection on just well Richhill had competed with their Mid-Ulster Intermediate A opponents.
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