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Underdogs Queen’s can dare to dream in Irish Cup

Queens celebrate Mark Prenter's goal against Bangor and now prepare to face Ballymena United in the semi-final

Queens celebrate Mark Prenter's goal against Bangor and now prepare to face Ballymena United in the semi-final

Queen’s University will dare to dream when they step out against Ballymena United in the semi-finals of the Irish Cup on April 5.

Peter Thompson’s side continued their rollercoaster crusade with Saturday’s deserved 3-2 victory over Bangor.

It keeps the Championship 2 club’s cup journey ticking along, and what odds on another David vs Goliath giant-killing next month?

For Ballymena’s fans it was the draw they all wanted – being pitted against the lowest-ranked team left in the competition.

They were thanking former striker Paul Hardy for the kind draw.

Hardy – who scored the winner the last time the Sky Blues won the Irish Cup in 1989 – picked out the ball representing Queen’s during Saturday’s draw at the Showgrounds.

There will be an all-Premiership tie in the other semi on April 5, with Crusaders meeting the winners of the outstanding quarter-final between Glentoran and Glenavon.

The Crues breezed past Ballyclare Cormades on Saturday, firing home five unanswered goals against the Championship outfit.

Glentoran escaped with a nervy 2-1 victory over Armagh City in their sixth round replay – the Glens having to rely on David Scullion’s late winner.

Glenavon had no such problems in their outstanding sixth round game with Ballinamallard United, with Guy Bates’ hat-trick earning a 3-0 win at Ferney Park.

Irish Cup semi-final draw (ties to be played Saturday, April 5): Ballymena United v Queen’s University; Crusaders v Glentoran/Glenavon.

Last month, the City Council recognised Cliftonville after they won the League Cup in January with a penalty shootout victory over Crusaders.

 

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