Irish Cup sixth round: Premiership sides face testing ties

Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle
Gerard Lyttle hopes to lead Cliftonville to a first Irish Cup success since 1979

Top flight clubs Linfield, Cliftonville and Carrick Rangers face potentially tricky Irish Cup sixth round ties against lower league sides on Saturday.

The Blues are without cup-tied striker Michael McLellan for their game at home to Championship One outfit Armagh City.

Cliftonville hope to take a further step towards ending their 37-year wait for Irish Cup glory when they play Sport and Leisure Swifts at Solitude.

Carrick will have home advantage over Amateur League side Crumlin Star.

The draw for the last 16 yielded three all-Premiership ties, including cup holders Glentoran against Glenavon at the Oval.

The two sides were scheduled to meet in a league encounter at Mourneview Park last weekend, but the fixture fell foul of the weather.

The hosts have defender Jay Magee suspended, while goalkeeper Elliott Morris faces a late fitness test on a back problem.

League leaders Crusaders travel to Stangmore Park to take on Dungannon Swifts, who will hope to bounce back from a 6-0 drubbing by Linfield on Tuesday night.

Portadown will be without suspended midfielder Tim Mouncey for the visit of Coleraine, while Jake Richardson is still out and Garry Breen is a doubt with a thigh injury.

The day's two early kick-offs see Lurgan Celtic entertain Knockbreda, quarter-finalists three years ago, and Loughgall at home to PSNI.

There will be live coverage of all the day's action on Sportsound on Radio Ulster FM from 14:00 GMT, with the quarter-final draw live at 17:30.

Tennent's Irish Cup sixth round - 15:00 GMT unless stated
Carrick RangersvCrumlin Star
CliftonvillevSport & Leisure Swifts
Dungannon SwiftsvCrusaders
LinfieldvArmagh City
LoughgallvPSNI (13:30)
Lurgan CelticvKnockbreda (13:30)

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