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Ballyclare Comrades urged to forget their cup misery

Ballyclare Comrades boss Eddie Hill has the difficult task of lifting his side for tomorrow's game with Institute.

On Monday night, the Comrades crashed out of the Steel & Sons Cup at the semi-final stage to Amateur League outfit Immaculata. The 3-1 defeat at Seaview was a bitter blow for Championship side, who also lost at the semi-final stage last season.

Manager Hill said: "After the game everybody in our dressing room was devastated, but we can't afford to dwell on the defeat.

"It's a bitter pill for us to swallow, but we have to remember that we are doing well in the league. We're in mid-table and we've a few games in hand, so there is no reason why we can't improve our position in the table.

"We've got Institute this weekend and they're a very difficult team to beat. I've no doubt they will be up near the top of the table come the end of the season, so we will have to pick ourselves up and get on with things."

Elsewhere in Championship One, Harland & Wolff Welders welcome Bangor to Tillysburn. The Welders parted company with their manager Paul Miskelly on Monday night, leaving the under-performing east Belfast side without a manager.

The Welders haven't won a league game since August, after winning their first three league games of the season.

In the only other Championship One game of the day, Hugh Sinclair's Knockbreda host Gary Haveron's Carrick Rangers. Breda beat Carrick 1-0 in the League Cup earlier in the season.

The only Championship Two game sees Wakehurst face Lurgan Celtic, with both sides faltering at the wrong end of the table.

New Larne boss David McAlinden will take charge for the first time when the east Antrim side face Ballinamallard United Reserves at Inver Park in the Coca-Cola Intermediate Cup.

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