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Mark Clarke joins Ards but Downey, Topley exit

Glentoran midfielder Mark Clarke has agreed to join Championship One club Ards when the transfer window reopens in January.

Clarke made 68 appearances, notching six goals, for the Glens since joining from Cliftonville in the summer of 2012.

Clarke started the 2013 Irish Cup final, helping the Glens to a 3-1 victory over his old team.

With Clarke on board, the experienced midfield duo of Conor Downey and Johnny Topley are set to leave Ards. Downey played 23 times for the club, while Topley made just six appearances.

Clarke's new club start their Intermediate Cup campaign on Saturday with a trip to Seahaven to play Championship Two side Portstewart. Elsewhere in the third round, cup holders Bangor host Ballymena & Provincial League side Newtowne.

Tomorrow's Intermediate Cup third round fixtures (1.30pm unless stated): Annagh United v Cliftonville Olympic (2pm); Armagh City v Limavady Utd; Ballyclare Comrades v Bryansburn Rangers (3pm); Ballymoney Utd v Dollingstown; Ballynure OB v Sport & Leisure Swifts; Banbridge Town v Albert Foundry; Bangor v Newtowne (3pm); Bourneview Mill v. Derriaghy CC; Carrick Rangers v Donegal Celtic; Coleraine Reserves v Ballinamallard Utd Reserves; Crumlin Star v Linfield Swifts; Dergview v Shankill Utd; Dungiven v Moyola Park; Dunloy v Killymoon Rangers; Fivemiletown Utd v Downshire YM; Glentoran II v Moneyslane; HW Welders v Warrenpoint Town Reserves; Islandmagee v PSNI; Knockbreda v Ardglass or Crusaders Reserves; Larne v Grove United; Lisburn Distillery v Coagh United; Loughgall v Crumlin United; Lurgan Celtic v Glebe Rangers; Portaferry Rovers v Immaculata; Portstewart v Ards; Queen's University v Downpatrick; Rosario v Dundela; Tobermore United v. Comber Rec; Wakehurst v. Newington YC.

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