Glenavon face Welders and Celtic land home draw

Glenavon have been drawn away to H&W Welders in the Irish Cup.
Glenavon have been drawn away to H&W Welders in the Irish Cup.
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Glenavon will face H&W Welders in the fifth round of the Tennent’s Irish Cup while Lurgan Celtic will be at home to the winners of the Bangor and Coagh United replay.

It will be a case of a revenge mission for Gary Hamilton’s side as they crashed out of the competition last year at Tillysburn Park.

“Any draw away from home in the cup is always going to be a test,” said Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton.

“After what happened last year we know it will be a diffcult tie. However, it is up to us to learn from last season and go down there and play our game and hopefully get through this time.

“They are going well in the Championship and will be delighted the fact they are at home. After going out last season we lifted outselves up and went on a great run. When the tie comes around we will give them the utmost respect and go determined to progress.”

Celtic boss Colin Malone is pleased his team have home advantage.

“I expect Bangor to be our opponents,” said Malone. “It may not be the big draw we would have wanted, but we are at home and have a chance go a stage further.”

Irish Cup Fifth-Round draw:

Glentoran v Ards

H&W Welders v Glenavon

Linfield v Ballymena United

Armagh City v Portstewart or Moyola Park

Immaculata v Cliftonville (at Solitude)

Dergview or Sport & Leisure Swifts v Institute or Newtowne

Dungannon Swifts v Warrenpoint Town

Lisburn Distillery or Knockbreda v Annagh United

Portadown v Wakehurst

Crumlin Star v Oxford United Stars

Tobermore United v PSNI

Loughgall v Larne or Limavady United

Coleraine v Ballinamallard United

Lurgan Celtic v Bangor or Coagh United

Banbridge Town v Carrick Rangers

Abbey Villa or Rathfriland Rangers v Crusaders (at Seavew).

The ties will be played on Saturday, January 9.