Belfast Telegraph

Tobermore United 0 Kilmore Rec 1

By Keith Bailie

Kilmore Rec kept Amateur League interest alive in the Irish Cup with a dramatic one-goal victory over Tobermore United.

The Crossgar side beat the Belfast Telegraph Championship One side at Fortwilliam Park thanks to a Stephen Douglas penalty two minutes from time.

Talented forward Philip Trainor won the award in the 88th minute after he was brought down by former Coleraine defender John Neill.

Douglas stepped up to the mark and dispatched a well-hit penalty past Tobermore’s Paul Wells.

Cup hero Douglas had both earned and won this fifth round replay because he also scored a late penalty in the original tie last week, to give Kilmore a 2-2 draw.

Kilmore, the last non-league side in the cup, next face a trip to Championship One side Institute, currently third in the second tier and 35 pyramid places above Gary Kennedy's Rec.

Former Lisburn Distillery and Cliftonville player Mark Holland is aware Institute will be a tougher challenge than Jim Scott's Tobermore.

He said: “I played against Institute several times in the Irish League and they were always difficult opponents.

“So I know it will be a huge challenge for us. They are lying third in the Championship, so we can expect a tougher game than the two against Tobermore. But we deserved to go through, no doubt about that. Tobermore can have no complaints.”

Kilmore Rec will travel to Drumahoe to face Institute in the sixth round on Feburary 9.

Larne's fifth round replay against Lurgan Celtic at Inver Park, scheduled to take place last night, was postponed at lunch time yesterday due to a frozen pitch.

The two sides will try again at the same venue next Tuesday night, with a 7.45pm kick-off. The original tie was drawn 1-1 with Craig Todd scoring an injury time equaliser for Larne.

The winners will travel to Belfast Telegraph Championship Two side Knockbreda in the sixth round, as two Intermediate sides are guaranteed a place in the last eight of the Irish Cup.

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