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Seasiders are out to avoid a major upset of their own

By Keith Bailie

County Antrim Shield finalists Bangor will turn their attention to the Irish Cup tomorrow when they host Lurgan Celtic in the fourth round.

As the Seasiders have already beaten Premiership opposition on three occasions this season, they will fancy their chances of going on a strong cup run. In a clash between the leaders of Championship One and Championship Two, both clubs will have their eyes on a place in the fifth round.

Bangor last won the Cup in 1993, when they defeated an Ards side managed by Paul Malone, whose brother Colin will be in the visiting dugout tomorrow.

Four-times Irish Cup winners Ards will, meanwhile, start their campaign at Banbridge Town.

Boss Niall Currie is expecting a big performance after Tuesday's Shield defeat to Cliftonville.

Currie said: "We showed a lot of backbone against Cliftonville, but there's no point in doing it against the Reds and then not doing it against Banbridge.

"When I was a player I gave everything I had in every match and I want to see exactly the same from my players."

One of the day's most intriguing encounters sees Dergview host Larne. With both teams in good form in Championship One, Larne striker Ciaran Murray is expecting a tense affair, but added: "We've only lost three games and each one of those was by a single goal, so we don't fear anyone in our division."

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