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Troubled Donegal Celtic ruled out of Irish Cup

By Keith Bailie

Crisis-hit Donegal Celtic have been dealt another blow. The west Belfast club will not be allowed to participate in this season's Irish Cup.

The Irish FA told the Belfast Telegraph that they did not receive an application from Donegal Celtic, so the Championship One club will not be entered into the competition.

A Hoops official suggested the failure to register for the prestigious tournament was an oversight on the club's part.

This will come as a bitter blow to the club, who have made a string of administrative errors in recent months.

In March they were docked three Premiership points for fielding the suspended Sean Cleary in a league match.

They will not be able to participate in this season's Steel & Sons Cup due to another admin error.

Manager Pat McAllister left two weeks ago, along with a number of the players.

Former Linfield midfielder Paul McAreavey replaced McAllister as boss, and guided his team to a respectable 1-1 draw with Ballyclare Comrades in the Championship last Saturday.

In the League Cup, Knockbreda secured a trip to Windsor Park when they beat Carrick Rangers 1-0 at Breda Park.

An 83rd minute strike from Jamie Mitchell earned the Castlereagh club a game against Linfield on Monday, August 26.

Holders Cliftonville will face Harland & Wolff Welders in the next round after the east Belfast side beat Armagh City 1-0 thanks to a first half Paul Dickson goal.

Ballyclare Comrades will host Glentoran after a 2-1 win over Annagh United.

Larne defeated Portstewart 5-3 at Inver Park, while Loughgall beat Moyola 3-2 at Mill Meadow.

Banbridge Town beat Queen's University 4-0, while Coagh United won 3-0 at Dergview. Wakehurst beat Tobermore 1-0 in extra-time.

Portadown will face Sport & Leisure, the Swifts beating Limavady 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw.

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