Championship: Around the grounds
Institute will have to do without influential midfielder Aaron Walsh for six games. The Stute man received a six-game ban for violent conduct after he picked up a red card at half time in the North West Cup final against Newbuildings.
Carrick Rangers have sent three of their young players out on loan to Amateur League club Dunmurry Rec. Jarlath O'Rourke, Joseph Murray and Marc Neill have all joined the Rec, who are managed by former Carrick Rangers assistant manager Colin Telford.
Loughgall will take on Armagh City tomorrow night (Tuesday) in the semi-final of the Bob Radcliffe Cup. Holders Loughgall will be considered favourites to beat their derby rivals, but they know better than anyone that Armagh City are not to be underestimated. The derby game kicks off at 7.45pm at Lakeview, with the winners facing Dollingstown in the final at the same venue.
Moyola Park will represent the Championship in the Craig Memorial Cup final on Boxing Day. The Championship Two side beat Limavady United 5-2 in the semi-final and they will face Coleraine Reserves in the showpiece final.
Dundela will compete in the Steel & Sons Cup final at Seaview on Christmas morning. Their Championship counterparts Ballyclare Comrades were not so fortunate, as they lost 3-1 in the other semi-final to Amateur League outfit Immaculata.
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