Lurgan Celtic already cashing in with history making Irish Cup run

Lurgan Celtic's Dale Malone skips past this Knockbreda defender. INLM06-617AM
Lurgan Celtic's Dale Malone skips past this Knockbreda defender. INLM06-617AM
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Lurgan Celtic are set to cash in their Irish Cup exploits with a derby clash against Portadown in the quarter-finals.

The Hoops booked their place with a 1-0 win over Knockbreda on Saturday which already guarantees the club £5,000 in prizemoney.

That amount will be boosted by half the gate receipts from the Saturday, March 5 tie and if they were to spring a surprise win the prizemoney goes up to £10,000.

Manager Colin Malone, who has enjoyed many a battle with Ronnie McFall during his playing days and also as manager of Glenavon says the cup run is massive for the club.

“Reaching this stage for the first time means a little bit of history and profile,” said Malone.

“I’m delighted with the draw. My first choice would have been Glenavon at Mourneview Park, but drawing Portadown is a great tie and I’m sure we will get a big crowd of our fans going to Shamrock Park.”