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Cup fixtures feel pinch of cold weather


Football in Northern Ireland again fell victim to the weather as the two BetMcLean League Cup semi-finals were postponed for a second time due to snow.

Crusaders were due to travel to Stangmore Park to take on Dungannon Swifts, while defending champions Ballymena United were set to welcome Cliftonville to the Ballymena Showgrounds.

The game at Stangmore was initially going ahead after it passed an inspection, however worsening conditions eventually led to the match being postponed later, while the game in Ballymena was called off early in the day.

It means the Northern Irish Football League faces more fixture congestion, with five games already rearranged due to poor weather over the last two months.

Dates for the rearranged semi-finals will be announced in due course.

Belfast Telegraph