Holders Glentoran crash out of cup

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Irish Cup : Glentoran 1-4 Glenavon

Holders Glentoran are out of the Irish Cup after crashing to a 4-1 home defeat by Glenavon.

Early headers by Rhys Marshall and Ciaran Martyn put the 2014 winners into a 2-0 lead and Eoin Bradley curled in a superb third in the 54th minute.

A Kris Lindsay own goal reduced the deficit and Joel Cooper restored the three-goal gap just before full-time.

Premiership leaders Crusaders are into the last eight thanks to a 3-1 win away to Dungannon Swifts.

Andrew Mitchell of Crusaders is congratulated after scoring the first goal against Dungannon Swifts
Andrew Mitchell of Crusaders is congratulated after scoring the first goal against Dungannon Swifts

Crues on top at Dungannon

The Crues scored through Andrew Mitchell, Michael Carvill and a Dougie Wilson own goal.

Mitchell's opener in the 11th minute was a low 20-yard drive, but the Crues were caught out at the back when Cormac Burke slotted in the equaliser.

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Carvill got the decisive touch to restore the Crusaders lead before the break and Wilson's own goal on 59 minutes sealed the away win.

Late in the game, Swifts keeper Coleman saved a Billy Joe Burns penalty after a Jarlath O'Rourke hand ball.

Farren tribute

There was a minute's silence at the Oval before Glenavon's game against Glentoran as a mark of respect for striker Mark Farren who died on Wednesday, aged 33.

Glenavon players observe a minute's silence for Mark Farren before the Irish Cup tie against Glentoran
Glenavon players observe a minute's silence for Mark Farren before the Irish Cup tie against Glentoran

Farren was best known as Derry City's record goal scorer in the League of Ireland, but he later had a spell with Glenavon.

Marshall's opener for Glenavon came in the 10th minute, just as supporters were beginning to applaud in tribute to Farren whose shirt number was 10.

The Lurgan side ran out easy winners on what as a depressing afternoon for Glentoran.

Mullen double puts Loughgall through

Loughgall's top scorer Warner Mullen scored both goals as the Championship One side saw off PSNI at Lakeview Park.

Mullen side-footed a 31st-minute opener after the PSNI defence failed to clear.

Loughgall's Steven Ferguson in action against Stuart Hutchinson of PSNI at Lakeview Park
Loughgall's Steven Ferguson in action against Stuart Hutchinson of PSNI at Lakeview Park

The Championship player of the month for January then netted a penalty on 58 minutes after visiting keeper Jordan Williamson upended Daniel Ryan.

It was Mullan's 22nd goal of the season.

Haire nets Lurgan Celtic winner

An Aaron Haire goal late in the game was enough to put Lurgan Celtic through in their home tie against Knockbreda.

Former Portadown player Haire, who also scored in the fifth round win over Bangor, netted past keeper Ryan McBride from six yards in the 79th minute.

Fifteen minutes earlier, McBride had saved a penalty taken by Celtic's Dale Malone.

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