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Championship: Around The Grounds, March 15

By Keith Bailie

Lisburn Distillery will face Carrick Rangers in the semi-finals of the Intermediate Cup at Ballyclare Comrades' home at Dixon Park on April 8.

Last week, Carrick defeated Distillery 3-2 in the league, thanks to a late Ben Roy goal. Carrick last won the cup in 2011, beating the Welders 1-0 in the final. Although Distillery's first team have never won the competition, their reserve side lifted the first ever Intermediate Cup way back in 1893.

 

Bangor will face Harland & Wolff Welders in the other Intermediate Cup semi-final. The semi-final will be played at Crusaders' Seaview ground on April 8, with the winner qualifying for the prestigious final. Bangor are the current holders of the competition, while the Welders last lifted the trophy in 2007.

 

Carrick Rangers are in Belfast Telegraph Championship One action this Tuesday night. Gary Haveron's Rangers host Noel Mitchell's Loughgall at Taylor's Avenue tomorrow, with kick-off set for 7.45pm. Carrick have had two other games rearranged. They will now play Armagh City at home on April 14, while they travel to Inver Park to face Larne on April 31.

 

Armagh City will face Glenavon in the semi-finals of the Mid-Ulster Cup on March 31. City will travel to Mourneview Park for the showpiece match, with Dungannon Swifts playing Portadown in the other semi-final.

 

Portstewart's outstanding league game against Banbridge Town has been rescheduled for April 23, with kick-off at 7.15pm. On the same night, Sport & Leisure Swifts will play Queen's University at Inver Park in Larne.

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