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Coleraine joy but Cliftonville League Cup run is over

By Graham Luney

Cliftonville's stranglehold on the League Cup - a trophy they have won four years running - was broken by Glenavon as the Lurgan Blues progressed to the semi-finals with a 3-2 win at Mourneview Park on a night of drama.

The quarter-final clash went to extra-time but two goals from Andy McGrory helped fire the Lurgan men into the last four.

McGrory said: "It was a great night for the boys. Towards the end we were hanging on but we got the job done."

Crusaders crashed out after Coleraine won 5-4 on a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 stalemate at the Showgrounds.

Lyndon Kane slotted in the decisive spot-kick.

Ballymena United won 2-0 at Warrenpoint Town while Carrick Rangers saw off Dungannon Swifts by the same scoreline.

The semi-finals are on December 13 and the draw will be made on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Irish FA disciplinary chiefs have been left red faced after confessing to a suspension blunder of their own.

Earlier this month Portadown had to forfeit the points they won after beating Ards and were fined £350 for playing Robert Garrett while he was suspended but now the Irish FA have admitted they have made a mistake in relation to publishing suspension lists on their website.

A statement on the IFA website said: "Following an upload issue with the Irish FA website, the suspension list for matches played on the week commencing Monday, October 31 was not published on Friday, November 11 as it should have been, but was instead published on Monday, November 14.

"Article 15.6 of the Disciplinary Code states that: 'Any period of suspension arising from the accumulation of cautions or additional suspensions in respect of a dismissal will commence on the Monday following the time at which the suspension has been imposed. For the purposes of clarification, a suspension is imposed when the Suspension List is published on the Irish Football Association website.'

"In light of the above, and following consideration by the Discipline Committee, all additional suspension dates and accumulation of cautions will now commence on Monday, November 21, 2016. 

"The suspension list on the website has been amended to reflect the date change.

"Apologies for any inconvenience caused."

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