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Lynch salutes classy Larne, while Gray admits relief

 

Larne boss Tiernan Lynch praised his side's professionalism as they racked up the biggest win of Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup fifth round day. (stock photo)
Larne boss Tiernan Lynch praised his side's professionalism as they racked up the biggest win of Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup fifth round day. (stock photo)

By Conor McLaughlin

Larne boss Tiernan Lynch praised his side's professionalism as they racked up the biggest win of Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup fifth round day.

They demolished Belfast Celtic in an 8-0 victory at Inver Park, where Martin Donnelly and Davy McDaid each bagged doubles in addition to strikes from Albert Watson, Conor McKendry, Sean Graham and Harry Flowers.

"The key word going into this game was professionalism," he said. "We went about our job really professionally from minute one to minute 93."

After Alan O'Sullivan's hat-trick helped Warrenpoint Town ease past PSNI, Barry Gray - whose men will host Ballymena United in the next round - reflected: "We made harder work than we maybe should have against PSNI, but it's the end of a heavy Christmas period, so we're delighted to be in the draw for the next round.

"The performance levels don't really matter at this stage, so we'll look forward to welcoming Davy Jeffrey and his side to Milltown."

Elsewhere, Newry City got the job done against Bangor at The Showgrounds.

Darren King and Stefan Lavery had the hosts two goals to the good before Gerard McMullan pulled one back for the Seasiders, whose hopes of forcing extra-time were dashed when Adam Foley sealed victory for City.

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"I thought we managed the game and I didn't think they troubled us an awful lot throughout," said Newry manager Darren Mullen. "We got the early goal and were dominant and then eventually finished them off in the second half."

Rathfriland Rangers will travel to Cliftonville in the next round after a shock comeback win against Loughgall at Lakeview Park.

The Villagers had taken the lead courtesy of Nathaniel Ferris, only for Thomas Lockhart to equalise before the break ahead of Jonathan Scannell sending the Amateur League representatives through.

Last year's beaten finalists, Ballinamallard United, suffered no such concerns as they did enough to get the better of a determined Dollingstown outfit, for whom a Nathan Cashel strike proved their undoing.

An injury-time effort from Adam Gray sent Ballyclare Comrades into the last-16 at the expense of Harland & Wolff Welders, Knockbreda edged past Dergview in extra-time, while Banbridge Town claimed a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over East Belfast.

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