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Ards and Crusaders show their class

By Keith Bailie

Larne may be out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield, but Tiernan Lynch's side did enough against Ards to suggest that they may have a bright future.

The Championship club lost 3-0 to Ards with Reece Glendinning, Gareth Tommons and Carl McComb all scoring inside the last 10 minutes for the Premiership side, but the Larne boys left the field with their heads held high. 

Larne had the better of the first half with Michael Tolan going close on two occasions. 

The second half was a different story, with Ards' experience coming through in the end.

Colin Nixon's men opened the scoring in the 80th minute when Carl McComb forced Stephen McConnell into a decent save, but Reece Glendinning was on hand to knock home the rebound.

Gareth Tommons put the tie beyond doubt a minute later. The Ards captain swept home a Jonny Frazer cross.

Carl McComb completed the scoring in injury time with a tidy finish after some good work by David McAllister.

Elsewhere, last year's defeated finalists Crusaders made short work of Premier Intermediate League side Donegal Celtic at Seaview, in an all-Belfast clash.

Billy Joe Burns got the ball rolling with a long-range effort in the first half, before midfielder Philip Lowry added a second. David Cushley scored two fine goals late in the game to secure Stephen Baxter's men's progress into the quarter-finals.

Some had tipped Championship club PSNI to cause an upset at Taylor's Avenue, but Premiership side Carrick Rangers won 4-2 with goals from Ben Roy (2), Eamon McAllister and Andrew Mooney. David McAlinden's men raced into a 4-0 lead before the Police scored two late goals.

At the Riada Stadium in Ballymoney, Premier Intermediate League side Dundela put Ballymena and Provincial League side Glebe Rangers to the sword, winning 4-0.

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