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Around all the grounds: Carrick Rangers edge out DC

Intermediate Cup (Championship teams): The only Championship One club to be knocked out of Saturday's third round were Donegal Celtic, who lost 2-1 in an all-second tier battle to Carrick Rangers thanks to an 88th minute winner from Daniel Kelly.

Darren Stuart gave DC the lead just before half-time before his old Cliftonville team-mate Aaron Smyth levelled the scores.

Lisburn Distillery put last week's Irish Cup misery behind them with a 5-2 win over Coagh United. Amateur League pushed Championship clubs, with PSNI edging out Islandmagee 1-0 and Dundela beating Rosario 2-1.

Wee Glens go through

Intermediate Cup (non-Championship teams): Saturday was a great day for NIFL Reserve League teams with some of the division's flagship clubs scoring victories in the Intermediate Cup third round.

Glentoran II ran out 5-3 winners over Moneyslane, Linfield Swifts beat Crumlin Star 2-0, and Cliftonville Olympic recorded a 2-0 win on their travels to Annagh United.

Strabane defeated East Belfast 2-0, Drumaness Mills were 3-2 winners in their all-Amateur League contest and Comber Rec enjoyed a 2-1 triumph away to Championship Two outfit Tobermore United.

Shamrock pay the penalty

Co Antrim Junior Shield: Plenty of spot-kick action in the fourth round of the Junior Shield at the weekend, with St Oliver Plunkett eventually emerging as 10-9 winners against fellow Amateur League side Shamrock and Willowbank beating Berlin Swifts 7-6.

The advanced stage of the competition means that many of Saturday's other fixtures were just as closely contested, with Tullycarnet beating St Theresa's 3-2, Castlewellan taking a 2-1 victory from Portavogie and Lower Shankill beating Albert Foundry's second team 2-1 in their derby day showdown.

Ards miss their perfect 10

Northern Amateur Football League: Ards Rangers missed out on their quest to make it a perfect 10 straight Premier Division wins for the season at the final hurdle on Saturday, as they drew 1-1 away to Malachians.

Their supporters won't be getting too worried yet, however, as second-placed Ardglass are still five points behind, despite their 5-2 win over Nortel at the weekend, and they have played two games more than the league leaders.

At the other end of the table, Killyleagh YC's woes continue, and they remain just one point off bottom after losing 3-0 against neighbours Kilmore Rec.

North Down's high five

Down Area Winter Football League: North Down pulled six points clear of the relegation zone with their 5-0 win over Vision Athletic, Comber Young Men defeated Moat Park Rangers 2-0 at Parkway Playing Fields and Ravenhill Young Men claimed their first win in six games with a 5-2 victory over Abbey Villa III.

With four teams now sharing top spot on 31 points, the festive fixture list in the DAWFL Premier Division is looking more appetising than ever, and it will be interesting to see who is leading the pack come the New Year.

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