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Cliftonville and Coleraine to clash in Irish Cup

Cliftonville and Coleraine will meet in round five of the Irish Cup on January 6
Cliftonville and Coleraine will meet in round five of the Irish Cup on January 6 Cliftonville and Coleraine will meet in round five of the Irish Cup on January 6

THE draw for the fifth round of the Clearer Water Irish Cup threw up only one all-Premiership tie, and indeed the tie of the round, with Coleraine hosting Cliftonville. 

Jim Magilton’s men will be eager to avenge their 3-1 2018 final defeat against the Bannsiders when they travel to the Showgrounds on Saturday, January 6. 

Holders Crusaders, who defeated Ballymena United in last year’s final, are eyeing a historic third consecutive triumph, and will face Championship challengers Ards at Seaview. 

Current league leaders Linfield kick-start their quest with a home tie against Warrenpoint Town, while Larne, the reigning Premiership champions, are set for a rematch against H&W Welders at Blanchflower Stadium, revisiting last season’s 1-0 defeat in the quarter-final. 

Under the helm of Warren Feeney, Glentoran are slated to take on Annagh United at the BetMcLean Oval.

Ballymena United, finalists in the last two editions, brace for a demanding away encounter against an ever-stubborn Queen’s University outfit. 

Introducing a compelling narrative to the tournament, Premier Intermediate League representatives Ballymacash Rangers, making their debut appearance at this stage, are poised to face off against Oxford Sunnyside.

Rangers have already shown their calibre in cup competitions this season, having made the semi-finals of the Co Antrim Shield.

Round five draw

Oxford Sunnyside v Ballymacash Rangers

Glentoran v Annagh United

Crusaders v Ards

Ballyclare Comrades v Strabane Athletic

H&W Welders v Larne

Dungannon Swifts v Willowbank

Newington v Dundela

Bangor v Dergview

Linfield v Warrenpoint Town

Loughgall v Rosemount Rec

Queen’s University v Ballymena United

Institute v Crumlin Star

Carrick Rangers v Portadown

Newry City v Ballinamallard

Coleraine v Cliftonville

Knockbreda v Glenavon

All matches to be played January 5-6