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Irish Cup quarter-final draw: Crusaders handed home draw after ending Linfield's clean sweep dream

Crusaders will host either Ballymena United or Portadown after ending Linfield's clean sweep dream in the Irish Cup.

Larne has two teams in the quarter-finals, although they avoided each other in the last eight draw after both Larne FC and Amateur League Division 1A side Larne Tech OB won on Saturday afternoon. Larne FC will host the day's other winners Coleraine while Tech play either Warrenpoint or Queen's University.

In the other quarter-final tie, either Glenavon or Dungannon Swifts will play Ballinamallard United or Carrick Rangers

Four of the last 16 ties were postponed: Glenavon were due to host Dungannon Swifts, Ballinamallard's home tie against Carrick Rangers, Warrenpoint's game against Queen's University and Ballymena United's match against Championship side Portadown.

Irish Cup quarter-final draw

Quarter-finals to be played on weekend of March 2

Glenavon / Dungannon Swifts v Ballinamallard United / Carrick Rangers

Crusaders v Ballymena United / Portadown

Larne FC v Coleraine

Larne Tech OB v Warrenpoint Town / Queen's University (Will be reversed if Warrenpoint Town go through)

Here's all you need to know about the games that went ahead this afternoon:

Linfield 1-2 Crusaders (AET)

Former Linfield full-back Billy Joe Burns ousted his old side from the Irish Cup and ended their clean sweep dream with a late, late goal in extra-time at Windsor Park.

The Crues took the lead in the first half of extra-time as Jordan Owens smashed home an unstoppable effort after getting goal-side of Jamie Callacher.

Linfield looked to have forced penalties when Marek Cervenka levelled with just a few minutes left but just 90 seconds later, former Linfield man Burns restored the visitors' advantage.

Larne 3-1 Crumlin Star

The Championship champions-elect are through despite falling behind early on.

Former Cliftonville midfielder Joe McNeill gave his side the lead on 14 minutes but Jeff Hughes levelled midway through the first half, nodding home Martin Donnelly's corner.

A David McDaid penalty gave the hosts a deserve lead on 66 minutes and the striker completed his double late on to seal the win.

Coleraine 3-0 Dergview

The holders are through to the last eight with a no fuss win over their Championship visitors.

Ben Doherty opened the score on three minutes. Coleraine's grip on the game soon strengthened when James McLaughlin doubled the lead and Dean Shields came on as a second-half substitute to bag a debut goal and complete the scoring.

Larne Tech OB 3-1 Strabane Athletic

Larne Tech Old Boys will represent the Amateur League in the Irish Cup quarter-finals after seeing off Strabane Athletic 3-1.

Paul Maguire's 39th goal of the season opened the scores from a troublesome Sean Ward cross and the same duo combined in the build-up to the third, Maguire hitting Ward's cross off the post for Todd to net the follow-up.

By the time Craig Todd made it 3-0, it was 10 v 10 as Tech's Scott Todd was given a straight red for a rash tackle and Strabane's Kyle Harte followed as he raised a hand to a Larne player's face in reaction to it.

Athletic sub Aaron Patterson restored a few nerves when he found the top corner from wide on the left but when Dylan Forbes (second yellow) and Luke McGeehan were both dismissed for stopping Tech getting through on goal, it was all over for the eight men.

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Posted by Belfast Telegraph Sport on Saturday, February 2, 2019

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