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Irish Cup quarter-finals: Supporters save Glenavon game as three ties called off

By Gareth Hanna

A monumental effort from Glenavon supporters means it's game on at Mourneview Park.

Despite the Lurgan area suffering some of the worst snow of the week, the Irish Cup tie against Loughgall has been given the go-ahead.

The games at Coleraine, Ballymena and Linfield have all been postponed.

Supporters, including manager Gary Hamilton, worked on clearing the pitch until 2.30am and were back at 8am on Saturday morning. Pitch inspections took place at 11am and 12.30pm. Due to the efforts of the volunteers, the match was given the go-ahead.

The Ballymena Showgrounds failed a 10.30am pitch inspection despite earlier hopes that a check would not be required.

The club had advised at 8.58am: "The Council have advised that the pitch is playable at this time and there is NO pitch inspection planned currently. IF this changes we let you know."

Heat lamps were used to help make the Windsor Park pitch playable but the game was postponed due to stadium access and Linfield have confirmed it will instead take place on Tuesday March 13, as will Coleraine's tie against Glentoran. Referee Raymond Crangle postponed that tie due to a frozen pitch at the Coleraine Showgrounds.

Tennent's Irish Cup quarter-finals

Ballymena United v Larne OFF (Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 13)

Coleraine v Glentoran OFF (Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 13)

Glenavon v Loughgall ON

Linfield v Cliftonville OFF (Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 13)

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