Irish Cup derby

THE fourth round of the Irish Cup has thrown up three intriguing ties for the four local Irish League sides.

The stand out fixture of the round for local supporters is a clash between Killymoon Rangers and Moyola Park. Killymoon will host their Castledawson rivals at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena on Saturday 10th December.

Earlier on in the season, Killymoon defeated Moyola by 4-2 in a fiery affair at MUSA and Moyola will be hoping to bounce back from that defeat by putting Killymoon out of the Irish Cup.

Coagh United face Mid Ulster Intermediate league opposition in Banbridge Rangers. Rangers were originally first out of the hat but Irish Cup rules state that Irish League grounds must host games against non Irish League opponents.

This will come as a huge relief to United as Banbridge currently play at Cheney Park in Banbridge, which is a 3G surface.

Tobermore United also face a massive test when they host high flying Ballinamallard United at Fortwilliam Park. The Mallards have made a stunning start to the season and currently sit top of the IFA Championship.

United have already hosted the Mallards this season and the away side grabbed all three points as they ran out 2-1 winners in August.

All of these ties will take place on Saturday 10th December. All matches are preliminarily arranged for a 1.30pm start.

However, prior to the exciting weekend of Irish Cup clashes, attentions will turn to the league, as high flying Coagh United host second placed side Queens University.

Coagh will be hoping that they can continue their fantastic run of form and see off the challenge of the Belfast outfit. Coagh are two points ahead of Queens and victory on Saturday would open up a five point gap at the top of the table.

Moyola Park host Armagh City at Mill Meadow and Killymoon Rangers travel to Portstewart for a tricky tie against the Seasiders. Kick off for all three fixtures is 2pm.