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Dongeal Celtic hit new low after suffering Ards rout

By Keith Bailie

Published 07/12/2015

Shock and awe: Immaculata’s John Boyce celebrates
Shock and awe: Immaculata’s John Boyce celebrates

Dongeal Celtic's season of misery hit its nadir on Saturday afternoon when a rampant Ards scored seven goals in a one-sided Irish Cup tie.

DC have not won a single competitive match this season, and they're currently rock bottom of Championship One, 12-points shy of climbing out of the relegation zone.

To make matters worse, manager Gerry Bradley quit the club on Wednesday after just over a month in charge, leaving defender Brendan Shannon to pick up the pieces, in the role of caretaker manager. With a number of players unavailable for selection, the former Glenavon captain deserves a credit for pulling together a 13-man squad at short notice.

Unfortunately, they couldn't stop Ards from a recording a 7-0 victory in Bangor with Jordan Baker (2), Denver Gage, David McAllister, Ben Browne, Stephen O'Neill and Glentoran loanee Danny McKee.

Ards boss Niall Currie said: "I was pleased with how we played in the second half. Although we were 3-0 up at half-time, I felt we could have been more clinical in front of goal, and we showed an extra edge in the second half.

"I think the Donegal Celtic players deserve credit for putting in a performance under difficult circumstances."

Elsewhere in the Fourth Round, there were two upsets, with Ballyclare Comrades losing 1-0 to Crumlin Star at Dixon Park, and Immaculata defeating Dundela 2-0 in a repeat of the 2013 Steel & Sons Cup final.

Barry McKervey scored for Star, while John Boyce - brother of Northern Ireland international Liam - found the net for the Mac.

Annagh United won a Mid-Ulster derby at Tandragee Road, with a 2-1 win over Dollingstown thanks to goals from Jamie Gardiner and Scott McCordrick.

Steel & Sons Cup finalists Harland & Wolff Welders booked their place in Tuesday afternoon's Fifth Round draw at the Grand Opera House with a 3-2 win over Wellington Rec.

Matthew McMahon and Warner Mullan scored for Loughgall, as they defeated Londonderry side Trojans 2-1 at Lakeview, while Lurgan Celtic made short work of Ardglass, winning 4-0 at Knockramer Park.

Armagh City got the better of Lisburn Rangers, winning 3-0 at Holm Park with Philip Donnelly hitting a brace either side of a Shea McGerrigan strike.

PSNI returned to Seaview just eight days after they lost in the semi-finals of the Steel & Sons Cup to Albert Foundry at the same venue. They banished their cup blues to beat Newington 2-1 after extra-time.

Queen's University, who made the semi-finals in 2013, crashed out, losing 2-1 to Tobermore United at The Dub. Wakehurst defeated Glebe Rangers on penalties after a 1-1 draw, in another all-Championship Two battle.

Banbridge Town had a scare at Crystal Park. They progressed by defeating Crumlin United on penalties, after a 2-2 draw.

The only all-non-league clash that got the green light on Saturday saw, NI Intermediate side Oxford United Stars beat Ards Rangers 3-2 at Drome Park.

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