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Friday 16 Sep 2022
Irish Cup reaches second round stage

The Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup resumes this weekend with 32 second-round ties on the long road to the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park next May.

Six Premier Intermediate League clubs remain in the competition with joint leaders Ballymacash Rangers hosting Bryansburn Rangers at the Bluebell Stadium while Bangor welcome Strabane Athletic.

Banbridge Town, who hit nine in the last round, await Fivemiletown United's visit to Crystal Park and Moyola Park, first winners of the Irish Cup 141 years ago, take on Abbey Villa at Mill Meadow.

It's also a swift return to cup action for Limavady United, who, fresh from their narrow midweek penalty shootout loss to Newry City in the League Cup, find themselves on the road to Orangefield OB while Dollingstown make the trip to come up against Lisburn Rangers.

Willowbank, conquerors of Armagh City last time out, travel to Dungannon to face Newmills while Bourneview Mill, three-goal victors over Lisburn Distillery, are off to Belfast’s Shore Road to face Malachians.

Albert Foundry knocked out Tobermore United last month and their reward is a trip to Ballymena to lock horns with Wakehurst.

Comber Rec, who defeated PSNI in the last round, welcome Chimney Corner to Park Way.

Elsewhere Grove United, 2-1 winners over Portstewart, visit Woodvale while Crumlin United, early NAFL Premier Division leaders, entertain AFC Craigavon at Mill Road. 

Other ties to look out for includes Ballymena Provincial League leaders St James' Swifts taking on 18th Newtownabbey OB at Cloyne Crescent while Crewe United, currently top of Mid Ulster Intermediate A, travel to Holywood.

Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup R2 fixtures