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Irish Cup semi-final draw: Two Championship teams drawn apart as Larne join Loughgall in semis

Ballymena United 1-2 Larne / Coleraine 1-0 Glentoran / Linfield 0-1 Cliftonville

Larne's Marty Donnelly celebrates his side's equalising goal.
Larne's Marty Donnelly celebrates his side's equalising goal.

Larne, Coleraine and Cliftonville have all joined Loughgall in the final four of the Tennent's Irish Cup.

Loughgall beat Glenavon 2-1 last Saturday and were tonight joined by the other three.

Semi-final draw

Cliftonville v Loughgall

Coleraine v Larne

Here's all you need to know about tonight's three quarter-finals:

Ballymena United 1-2 Larne

Thomas Stewart's winner made it two Championship teams in the semi-finals.

Tony Kane had put Ballymena ahead with a penalty just after the half-hour mark but Larne were level on 52. Kyle Owens sliced a Marty Donnelly cross into his own net and it was the Larne winger who provided the cross for Thomas Stewart to head in the winner 15 minutes later.

Coleraine 1-0 Glentoran

Last year's beaten finalists are through to this year's semi-finals thanks to Darren McAuley's 16th goal of the season. The winger fired into the bottom corner from Jamie McGonigle's backheel on nine minutes and that proved the winner, although it took a MOTM performance from Coleraine keeper Chris Johns to hold the Glens out.

Linfield 0-1 Cliftonville

It was a Joe Gormley goal on 80 minutes that knocked the holders out of the competition. Cliftonville ended the game with 10 men after Steven Garrett went off injured when the Reds had already made all three substitutes but they managed to hold out.

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