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Championship: Around The Grounds, January 11

By Keith Bailie

Larne midfielder Scott Irvine is still recovering in hospital following Saturday's frightening incident

The hotly-anticipated East Antrim derby between Carrick Rangers and Larne was abandoned after 28 minutes, when Irvine crashed into a wall at the side of the Inver Park pitch. Irvine was treated on the field for 40 minutes for a head injury before he was moved to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Larne boss David McAlinden said: "On behalf of Scotty and his family, thank you to everyone today who helped with everything. Also to all for their kind messages and support. Scott has a few fractures around his face and head and will be kept in for further observation. Again, thank you."

 

Portstewart were the only club to cause a genuine upset in Saturday's Irish Cup fifth round. The Championship Two club beat Championship One side Dundela 3-2 at Seahaven.

Manager Gary Taylor said: It was an awful day in terms of weather. We had rain, hail, wind and sunshine all the space of 90 minutes and I think we coped with it a little better than they did.

“It was a crazy game with five goals and four red cards, but I actually think the ref got a little carried away and didn't allow for the weather conditions.”

Portstewart will host Portadown in the next round.

 

Harland & Wolff Welders are one of six Belfast Telegraph Championship One clubs left in the Irish Cup. The Welders will host Glenavon in the sixth round, while Armagh City will travel to Glentoran, Ballyclare Comrades will host Dungannon Swifts and Bangor will host Crusaders.

Larne and Carrick Rangers must play again for the right to face Institute at the Riverside. Championship Two club Portstewart are the lowest ranked club left in the cup.

 

Bangor will face Cliftonville tomorrow night (Tuesday) in the County Antrim Shield final at Solitude, with kick-off at 7.45pm. Bangor may be without top goalscorer Jordan Forsythe, who picked up an injury in the Seasiders' 4-0 win over Brantwood in the Irish Cup.

 

Ards have signed Stephen Cockcroft from Crusaders. The talented left-winger / left-back was part of the Ards squad who won the Championship in 2013. Loughgall's Colum Curtis has also joined Ards, while former Cliftonville man Stephen O'Neill is training with the club. Goalkeeper Graeme McKibbin has left to join Crusaders

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