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Championship: Around The Grounds, August 31

By Keith Bailie

The Toals Bookmakers Steel & Sons Cup fourth round draw will take place on Monday night. Of the 11 Belfast Telegraph Championship One teams that started the competition, seven have made it through to the last 16.

The seven deadly sides have scored an incredible 90 goals between them. In three games, Harland & Wolff Welders have hit 21, Carrick Rangers have scored 16, Ards have notched 15 while Bangor have grabbed 13. In just two games, Larne have scored 13, Donegal Celtic have got seven and Knockbreda have notched five goals.

Dundela are the only Championship One side to lose to a non-Championship club. The holders lost 3-0 to Albert Foundry. Ballyclare Comrades went out in the first round to PSNI, while the PSNI lost in the second round to Dundela. Lisburn Distillery lost 4-2 to Carrick Rangers on Saturday.

Bangor striker Richard Gibson won the Northern Ireland Football Writers Player of the Month Award for August, after his early season form helped the Seasiders get off to a great start. He beat Harland & Wolff Welders forward Michael McLellan to the award with Ards winger Eamon McAllister taking third spot. McAllister also won the Premier Ards Supporters Club Player of the Month Award.

Ards striker Owain Beggs is likely to be out for at least a month after he damaged the top of his foot in a nasty collision against Ballynahinch Olympic at Bell's Bridge.

Ballyclare Comrades Colts and Ards Colts saw their NIFL Youth B League game abandoned on Saturday afternoon. Ards left-back Adam Rowan was stretchered off with a nasty neck and head injury after an awkward foul. Adam is currently recovering in hospital and he is expected to make a full recovery.

The Northern Ireland Regions Cup team fly out to Macedonia on Sunday for the first round of the UEFA Regions Cup. Harry McConkey's men will face Macedonia, Ukraine and Spain next week, and The Park will have full coverage of the competition. 

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