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Friday 02 Dec 2016
16 teams battle to stay on glory trail

This season’s Tennent's Irish Cup reaches the fourth round stage this weekend with the 16 sides that have battled since August to get this far hoping to go one step further and possibly draw one of the 'big boys' when they enter the competition next month.

Much attention will be focused on Glen Road Heights in Belfast where Sport & Leisure Swifts face Dollingstown.

Managed by Irish League legend Pat McAllister, himself no stranger to cup success, the Swifts are struggling at the foot of the NIFL Premier Intermediate League but their form has been very different in the cup with victories over Ballynahinch Olympic, St Patrick's YM and Ards Rangers.

However, they face a Dollingstown side currently enjoying a resurgence following their demotion from the Irish League ranks last season.

The 'Dollybirds' are riding high in Mid-Ulster Intermediate A and go into Saturday's game with a new man in charge following Gary Duke's departure for a fresh challenge after 11 years at the helm.

Replacing him is Stephen Uprichard, a manager with a wealth of experience after a lengthy spell in charge of Coagh United. He has an early opportunity to write his name into Dollingstown folklore should he guide his new charges into a place in the fifth round for the first time in their history.

Three other Premier Intermediate League sides remain in the competition.

Dundela host Fivemiletown United at Wilgar Park, while Amateur League 1C side St Luke's face Lisburn Distillery at Ballyskeagh with Shorts travelling to Fortwilliam Park to take on Tobermore United.

The fourth round fixtures are as follows:

Derriaghy CC v Portstewart

Dundela v Fivemiletown United

Lisburn Distillery v St Luke's

Richhill AFC v Grove United

Sport & Leisure Swifts v Dollingstown

Tobermore United v Shorts

Trojans v Drumaness Mills

Windmill Stars v Crewe United