Belfast Telegraph

Championship: Around the grounds

By Keith Bailie

Loughgall will have the opportunity to gain revenge on their rivals Armagh City on Saturday, when the two sides meet at Holm Park in the Irish Cup. Armagh beat the Villagers 2-1 last month at Lakeview in the Bob Radcliffe Cup semi-final. Armagh will play Dollingstown in the final on Boxing Day.

Ballyclare Comrades will host Larne at Dixon Park in the Irish Cup on Saturday. Last time the two sides met, the Comrades came out on top with a 4-0 victory, but with David McAlinden now in charge at Inver Park, Larne are likely to be fired up for this east Antrim derby.

 

Carrick Rangers manager Gary Haveron has appointed Stephen Mills as his new assistant manager. Mills is a former goalkeeper and youth international, who played first team football for both Larne and Ballyclare Comrades. He also played for Wellington Rec and Larne Tech OB in the Amateur League.

 

Lisburn Distillery have arranged their outstanding fixture against Carrick Rangers for the Saturday before Christmas. The festive fixture at New Grosvenor is one of six Championship One games that has been moved to Saturday December 21.

 

PSNI have climbed to the top of Belfast Telegraph Championship Two, but the Newforge side will face some stiff competition for the third tier title. After 13 games, only one point separates the top five teams. The PSNI are on 29 points, while Banbridge Town, Armagh City, Newington and Queen's University are all on 28.

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