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Setanta focusing their cameras on Cup semis

The semi-finals of the Irish Cup are to be broadcast live on television for the first time.

The games on Saturday, April 10 will have staggered kick-off times, allowing both games to be shown live by Setanta Sports.

Linfield’s clash with whoever emerges from Loughgall, Newry City and Coleraine will have a lunchtime kick-off at the Oval, while Ballymena United and Portadown will meet at Windsor Park in an early evening game.

Newry will finally get to play their sixth round tie against Loughgall tomorrow afternoon and City defender Cullen Feeney is planning to get a taste for Irish Cup football, now that Newry City are finally getting to play their sixth-round tie.

Feeney was one of the players suspended after the on-pitch brawl that marred the fifth-round tie with Larne, which lead to referee Raymond Crangle abandoning the game.

With disciplinary proceedings and more than enough appeals after Newry’s 2-1 lead was accepted as the final result, the border club face Loughgall tomorrow afternoon, with the winners facing Coleraine next Saturday, with their semi-final just a week later.

“It is great to finally get round to playing this match because everything that followed on from the Larne match dragged on too long,” said Feeney. “Strange things happen in cup football and after such a long wait to play this game I wouldn’t be surprised if we go on and win it. We’re going to have a lot of games if we keep winning, but the players wouldn’t complain about that.”

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JJB SPORTS IRISH CUP SEMI-FINALS: Saturday, April 10: Loughgall or Newry City or Coleraine v Linfield (The Oval, 12.30pm). Ballymena United v Portadown (Windsor Park, 5.30pm).


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