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Oran Kearney annoyed as Bannsiders pay the penalty

By Stuart McKinley

Oran Kearney endured double frustration as Portadown sent his Coleraine team spinning out of the Irish Cup.

A highly debatable penalty decision led to the Ports going 2-1 up on the hour, but even before referee Raymond Hetherington intervened Kearney was upset at his team's lack of a killer instinct in front of goal, which ultimately cost them in a 3-1 defeat.

"We created gilt-edged chances - chances that you have to take at this level and we should have gone in two or three up at half time," said Kearney.

"You can't keep doing this and not put teams away when you are on top because we should have been out of sight nearly by half time.

"At that stage I felt that we had enough to go on and win it, but it comes back to bite you - you have to take your chances."

Double-chasing Crusaders also won 3-1 in an all-Premiership clash.

Andrew Mitchell gave them the lead at Dungannon and he revealed that some pre-game advice from assistant boss Jeff Spiers had played a part in the goal.

"I picked the ball up outside the box and Jeff Spiers was saying to me before the game that, if I got a chance, just to hit it," said Mitchell.

"Luckily the ball went in the net and it was good to get an early breakthrough."

Jay Donnelly hit a hat-trick in addition to Ryan Catney finding the net as Cliftonville eased past Sport & Leisure Swifts at Solitude, while Loughgall's Warner Mullen continued his recent purple patch when he bagged the goals that saw the Villagers beat PSNI 2-0.

"This is my first ever Irish Cup quarter-final and it's the club's first in over 10 years so I was delighted to score," said Mullen.

They will be joined in the last eight by fellow Championship One side Lurgan Celtic, who beat Knockbreda 1-0 thanks to Aaron Haire's goal and they will now face Portadown.

Celtic manager Colly Malone said: "The feeling is one of euphoria. The boys are really looking forward to the chance to take a top side."

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