Ballymena United out to end Queen's fairytale
Queen's University are 90 minutes away from completing their Irish Cup fairytale with an appearance in the showpiece final.
Standing between them and a May 3 date with destiny, however, is a Ballymena United side who have their sights set on making some history of their own on the 25th anniversary of their last Cup triumph.
After overcoming Bangor in an entertaining affair at The Dub, where Mark Prenter was on target with two fine free-kicks, the Championship 2 side will go toe-to-toe with the Sky Blues at an as-yet-undetermined venue on Saturday, April 5, however the day's other semi-final will not be confirmed until next Monday at the earliest.
Glentoran will play host to Glenavon in the outstanding quarter-final tie after both eventually booked their progress beyond the sixth round stage with respective triumphs over Armagh City and Ballinamallard United at the weekend.
The winners of that contest will then lock horns with serial finalists Crusaders who, little more than a month after losing the WASP Solutions League Cup Final to north Belfast derby rivals Cliftonville, are limbering up for tomorrow night's County Antrim Shield decider with Linfield at the Ballymena Showgrounds.