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Glenavon and Portadown set for Mid-Ulster derby clash in cup semi-finals

 

By Adam McKendry

Glenavon are the only Danske Bank Premiership side left standing in the Mid-Ulster Cup after a night of shocks in the quarter-finals of the competition.

The Lurgan Blues triumphed 2-1 away to Armagh City to book their place in the last-four, but Dungannon Swifts and Warrenpoint Town both suffered defeats to lower league opposition; Newry City and Banbridge Town respectively.

Portadown, meanwhile, beat Loughgall comfortably 3-0 and will face their derby rivals in the final four on Tuesday November 28 as a reward. Newry will play Banbridge Town in the other semi on Tuesday December 5. The venue of both semi-finals is yet to be confirmed.

Banbridge Town beat Point 2-0, both goals scored before the break as Timmy Grant broke the deadlock before a Stevie Teggart screamer doubled their advantage.

Matthew Tipton's men were frustrated in the second half, and it showed as Jordan Lyttle received a straight red card with a few minutes to go.

Newry were also deserved winners in their tie, the Championship side seeing off Dungannon 1-0 after Decky Carville capitalised on a first-half mix-up in the Swifts defence to grab the game's only goal.

Meanwhile, it looked like Glenavon could potentially be on the end of another upset as Armagh took the lead in their last-eight tie through Jake Keegan.

However, the hosts couldn't maintain their start and eventually Mark Patton scrambled home an equaliser for Gary Hamilton's men before Robbie Norton netted a second-half winner.

In the night's other quarter-final, Portadown were impressive in seeing off Loughgall; Niall Henderson (penalty), Stefan Lavery and Peter Duffin all scoring in a 3-0 win.

Results: Armagh City 1 Glenavon 2; Loughgall 0 Portadown 3; Newry City 1 Dungannon Swifts 0; Warrenpoint Town 0 Banbridge Town 2

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