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Crusaders clash is the big carrot for Irish Cup battlers

By Keith Bailie

Published 19/12/2015

Looking up: Limavady United manager Paul Owens
Looking up: Limavady United manager Paul Owens

Millisle club Abbey Villa will be hoping it's third time lucky at Adams Park as they prepare to host fellow Amateur League 1A side Rathfriland Rangers in the fourth round of the Irish Cup.

The winners of the twice postponed fixture will face Premiership champions Crusaders at Seaview in what could be a money-spinning fifth round clash.

The Adams Park fixture is one of five Irish Cup ties that will try for a third Saturday in a row, today.

Championship One club Larne will host Championship Two leaders Limavady United at Inver Park, although the game is subject to a 9.30am pitch inspection.

Limavady boss Paul Owens said: "We've been looking forward to this game because we want to test ourselves against clubs from the division above, as that's where we want to be playing every week next season."

The winners will travel to Loughgall in the next round.

Relegation-threatened Lisburn Distillery will be hoping to kick-start their season with a win over Knockbreda. The Whites will face Annagh United in the fifth round, should they find a way past Breda.

IRISH CUP FIXTURES: (all 1.30pm) Abbey Villa v Rathfriland Rangers, Dergview v S&L Swifts, Larne v Limavady United, Lisburn Distillery v Knockbreda, Portstewart v Moyola Park.

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