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Monday 29 Nov 2021
Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup round-up

The eight sides joining the senior clubs in the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup have been revealed following Saturday's fourth preliminary round ties.

Making the cut are four Premier Intermediate League sides - Limavady United, Bangor, Portstewart and Newington - in addition to NAFL Premier duo Islandmagee and Ards Rangers as well as Mid Ulster Intermediate A duo Oxford Sunnyside and Windmill Stars.

They all go into the draw for the First Round alongside the 12 NIFL Premiership clubs and a further dozen from the Championship.

Limavady United were the top scorers on the day with a four-goal haul to get past Rathfriland Rangers at The Showgrounds. The Roesiders needed to come from behind after Ruari Fitzpatrick had fired Rathfriland in front after half-an-hour. However, goals from Dean Brown and Hugh Carlin edged Limavady into the lead by the break with leading scorer Alex Pomeroy hitting two more in the second half.

Portstewart also fought back from a goal down to defeat Mossley YM on the road. Colin McKee had opened the scoring after 20 minutes, but a Zach Barr spot-kick levelled matters at the break. He struck again five minutes into the second half before Ryan Doherty made sure for the Seahawks seven minutes from time.

An early goal set Newington on their way to victory over Derriaghy CC at Solitude. Robert McVarnock kicked the scoring off after just three minutes, and despite Jack Smith levelling on the stroke of half-time Aodhfionn Casey and Daire Rooney struck just after the hour to see the Swans safely through.

Two first half goals proved enough for Bangor to win away at Colin Valley. Isaac Fletcher edged the Seasiders in front on nine minutes with Ben Arthurs adding a second less than a quarter-of-an-hour later.

But one PIL club did fall by the wayside when Tobermore United exited the competition away to Windmill Stars. David McCabe and Raymond Fitzpatrick had handed the Mid Ulster Intermediate side a healthy half-time advantage and despite Paul Keane pulling one back on 55 minutes it wasn't enough to change the outcome of the tie.

Staying in Mid Ulster, Oxford Sunnyside have goals from Warner Mullen and Adam Rodgers to thank for their progression at the expense of Tandragee Rovers.

Both NAFL Premier sides required penalty shoot-outs in order to make it through.

Ards Rangers battled to a 2-2 draw with Greenisland at Drome Park - and played extra-time with ten men - before winning 6-5 on spot-kicks.

And it was a similar story for Islandmagee. Despite going into extra-time a man down away to Kilmore Rec. the Islanders emerged 5-3 victors after the sides couldn't be separated.