Irish Cup fifth round draw: Minnows Glebe to face holders Linfield

Andrew Waterworth celebrates after scoring in Linfield's win over Glebe Rangers in September 2015
Linfield beat Glebe Rangers 5-0 in a League Cup game two seasons ago

Holders Linfield will play Ballymena Intermediate League side Glebe Rangers in the fifth round of the Irish Cup.

The 12 Premiership and 12 Championship clubs enter the competition at the last 32 stage and the matches will be played on 6 January.

Last season's beaten finalists and current Premiership leaders Coleraine will be at home to Lisburn Distillery.

There are two all-Premiership ties with Carrick hosting Glenavon and Cliftonville facing Warrenpoint Town.

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Glebe are currently unbeaten in the Ballymena and Provincial League. In earlier rounds they defeated Bangor, Rosemount Rec and Annagh United.

The Ballymoney-based club were beaten 5-0 by Linfield in a League Cup match at Windsor Park two seasons ago and manager Jason Wilmont says his players are eagerly awaiting their return to the National Stadium.

"That was a brilliant occasion for the players and it will be an even better one in January because the stadium is now finished," said the Glebe Rangers boss.

"We either wanted Linfield or Coleraine. Facing Coleraine would have brought a lot of local interest but you want to come and play in the National Stadium."

Wilmont joked that his players will again aim to "park the bus" in the fifth-round tie after restricting Linfield to a 1-0 lead by the 75th minute in the League Cup tie three years.

"We'll just try and contain them as much as we can. We'll give it our best shot."

Waterworth says Blues won't be complacent

Linfield completed the Premiership and Irish Cup double last May as Andrew Waterworth's hat-trick earned a 3-0 final win Coleraine.

Waterworth insisted that the Blues won't underestimate the Ballymena and Provincial League club as he recalled playing in the Glentoran side shocked by Intermediate League club Newington YC six seasons ago.

"I've been involved in every aspect of emotion in the Irish Cup. I've been knocked out by Intermediate teams before. I've been on the losing end of finals and I've on the winning end of finals so I take nothing for granted in the Irish Cup," said Waterworth.

The Linfield striker admitted that last season's cup final gave him "probably" his best day in football.

"It was the cherry on the icing of the cake. The Irish Cup final is the best day of the calendar. They days you are not in it, you are watching it and home and feeling devastated."

Coleraine, six points clear in the Premiership, will be hot favourites to see off Lisburn Distillery at the Showgrounds.

Distillery were a top flight club as recently as 2013, but now play in the third-tier Premier Intermediate League.

Tennent's Irish Cup fifth round
Matches to be played on Saturday, 6 January
ColerainevLisburn Distillery
Carrick RangersvGlenavon
CrusadersvMaiden City
Queen's UniversityvDundela
Newry CityvH&W Welders
CliftonvillevWarrenpoint Town
PortadownvBallyclare Comrades
Dungannon SwiftsvLimavady United
LinfieldvGlebe Rangers
Ballinamallard UnitedvImmaculata
Lurgan CelticvGlentoran
Ballymena UnitedvMoyola Park
ArdsvCrumlin Star

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