Local Wags - Catherine Downey
Northern Ireland's Under 18 Schoolboy International team are kicking off 2014 with a tour of the Channel Islands.
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When Armagh manager Marty Rice allows his thoughts to wander to the possibility of staging a major Irish Cup sixth round upset over Glentoran this weekend, one group of people come to the forefront of his mind more than any other.
It's common to hear managers complain about the negative effect the ‘distraction’ of a cup run can have on their team’s league aspirations, but you will never find Queen’s University boss Peter Thompson uttering such concerns.
Saturday will be a great day for football in east Antrim, as Ballyclare Comrades and Carrick Rangers fight it out for a spot in the last eight of the Irish Cup at Dixon Park.
Loughgall boss Brian Adair continued his January shopping by brining his old team mate Ryan Moffatt back to the club. Moffatt played with Adair at Loughgall and played under him at Rathfriland Rangers. The left winger has joined the club on loan until the end of the season from Ards. Left back Adam Rodgers has moved in the opposite direction.
Arguably Knockbreda's most famous day came in April 2009 when the Amateur League outfit beat Donegal Celtic in the final of the Intermediate Cup.
Ards Rangers booked their place in the last 16 of the Clarence Cup with a fairly comfortable 3-1 victory over St Pat’s YM on Saturday... but as soon as it was secure, manager Lee Forsythe’s thoughts immediately turned to their next game.
You might not associate Belleek and west of Fermanagh with soccer success, but little Erne Rovers are doing their best to put the area on the map.
Niall Currie has never felt under pressure as manager of Ards despite sitting bottom of the Premiership – because he is working with what he calls 'a fantastic chairman.'
Andy Waterworth says Linfield will be going all out to land a huge psychological blow on title rivals Cliftonville this afternoon.
Liam Boyce is rallying his Cliftonville team-mates for today's crunch Premiership clash against Linfield with the message that there is still work to do in order to save their season.
Dungannon Swifts beat the clock to sign former Northern Ireland under-21 international Sean McCashin.
Glenn Ferguson is relieved his Ballymena United side won't have to face the silky skills of Kevin Braniff today but he feels the striker's imminent departure to Australia is a "big loss" to the Danske Bank Premiership.
Tommy Breslin grasps the importance of tomorrow's Solitude showdown with Linfield but he doesn't believe it's 'do or die' for his men.
Bangor's Intermediate Cup game against Amateur League minnows Ballywalter Rec has been moved from Davidson Park to Clandeboye Park, to avoid another postponement.
Richard Clarke sought the advice of old pals Paul Leeman and Michael Halliday before agreeing a two and a half year deal at Crusaders.
Ronan Scannell has played down the significance of Saturday's showdown with Linfield, saying: "It's not a title decider".
Samuel Eto'o came of age and substitute Demba Ba scored twice as Jose Mourinho's Chelsea beat Tottenham 4-0 to move seven points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
The Sharks remained top of the South African conference with an impressive 37-23 Super 15 victory over the Lions at Kings Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulls snatched a late bonus point as they claimed a 38-22 Super Rugby win over the Blues in Pretoria.
Stoke forward Jonathan Walters enjoyed a mixed afternoon at Carrow Road as his penalty earned a point for the visitors before he was sent off just minutes later.