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Mouthwatering Carrick Steel Cup clash awaits Distillery after they knock out Kilmore

By Keith Bailie

Lisburn Distillery set up an all-Championship battle in the next round of the Steel & Sons Cup with a 2-0 win over 2009 winners Kilmore Rec.

The Whites can now look forward to an intriguing clash with Carrick Rangers in the third round, with both clubs among the favourites to win the famous old trophy.

Distillery finally opened the scoring mid-way through the second half when Martin Jones ran through to round Conan Russell and fire into the bottom corner of the open net to give the Whites fans a big sigh of relief.

Martin Jones grabbed his second goal of the game with just a few minutes left on the clock, to secure Distillery's place in the next round.

Their third round opponents Carrick Rangers had a much easier time of it, beating Orangefield 6-0. Ben Roy opened the scoring in the 34th minute before Corey Davidson grabbed a second in first half stoppage time. Nathan McConnell added a second half brace along with strikes from Ciaran Donaghay and Jody Lynch.

In the only all Championship clash of the day, holders Dundela beat the PSNI 3-0 at Newforge. The PSNI and Ballyclare Comrades are the only two eligible Championship One teams who have been knocked out of the competition so far.

2009 finalists Downpatrick almost shocked 2011 winners Bangor at Clandeboye Park, with a late Richard Gibson goal giving Bangor a 3-2 win. The Seasiders can now look forward to facing 2006 winners Brantwood in the next round.

Bangor's tenants Ards are also through to the next round. The eased past Shorts at Aircraft, winning 5-0. Ross Arthurs scored twice with both McAllister brothers – Eamon and David – getting on the scoresheet. The other goal was scored by midfielder William Faulkner. Ards will now face Ballynahinch Olympic in the Third Round.

In the game of the day, 2010 winners Harland & Wolff Welders beat last season's finalists Immaculata 6-3 at Tillysburn. Michael McEllan scored twice for the home side, Paul Dickson, Mark Armstrong and Mark Magennis all on the scoresheet.

Larne may have been drawing 0-0 at half-time, but the 11 times Steel & Sons winners ran up seven goals in the second half. Paul Maguire hit a hat-trick for the Invermen in a 7-1 win.

Donegal Celtic kept their cup run going with a 5-0 win over Iveagh United, while Knockbreda beat Downshire 4-0 at Breda Park.

Championship Two side Newington hit seven, as they eased past Ballysillan while Sport & Leisure Swifts were given a bye into the Third Round.

The only Championship side to lose to a non-league side were Queen's University Belfast, who went down 1-0 to Steel & Sons Cup veterans Brantwood.

There are now 11 Championship teams left in the Steel & Sons Cup, of the 17 that entered. The ones that have fallen by the wayside are Ballyclare Comrades, PSNI, Queen's University, Ballymoney United, Glebe Rangers and Wakehurst.

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