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Championship: Around the grounds

By Keith Bailie

Ballymoney United will host Bangor at the Riada on 8 March, in the quarter-dinals of the Coca-Cola Intermediate Cup. Elsewhere, Institute will host Coagh United and Ballyclare Comrades will play Armagh City.

Bangor's 1-0 win over Warrenpoint Town means that we are guaranteed a Championship team in the last four of the Irish Cup. The last Championship team to make the last four, were Newry City in 2011, while Bangor made the semi-finals in 2006. The last non-top flight team to win the cup were Carrick Rangers in 1976.

Carrick Rangers defender Ciaran Donaghy is having a go at a spot of journalism. The former Cliftonville defender has been snapped up by the Carrick Times, for whom he will write a column each week depicting life inside the Carrick dressing room.

Armagh City will take on Killymoon Rangers at Holm Park on Tuesday night, in a game that has implications at both ends of the Belfast Telegraph Championship One table. Armagh are fighting for promotion, while Killymoon are battling to avoid the drop out of League football.

Newington Youth Club will play Lurgan Celtic at Seaview on Wednesday night as Eamonn McCarthy's men aim to keep in touch with the PSNI and Armagh City. Colin Malone's Lurgan Celtic have improved after signing a number of new faces in January. 

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