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Niall Currie

Niall Currie

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Niall Currie

Niall Currie has claimed that clubs outside the Premiership aren't going to get a 'fair crack of the whip' in this season's Irish Cup as the number of teams pulling out of the competition continues to grow.

Currie's former club Ards joined H&W Welders, Institute, Newry City, Queen's University and Dundela in publicly declaring they will not be playing in the flagship knockout competition this year and they may not be the last ahead of the Irish FA's scheduled April start.

Dundela were drawn to face holders and east Belfast rivals Glentoran in the first round but they pulled out on Wednesday.


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