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Linfield have crashed out of the Irish Cup in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the competition.
The reigning league champions lost 2-1 on Saturday to Queen's University, a mid-table team in the second tier of local football.
The game was played at The Dub sports complex in south Belfast in front of a restricted crowd of 350.
One of the oldest football competitions in the world and this is one of the biggest shocks - ever ...— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) January 4, 2020
Full-time @sadlersbrewco Irish Cup 5th round @qubafc 2 @OfficialBlues 1
Irish League champions dumped out at the Dub! pic.twitter.com/VWrbhOn6Lf
Queen's have been handed another home draw in the sixth round - against the other half of the Big Two, Glentoran.
The Glens were on the verge of a shock early exit themselves, but managed to come back twice to draw 2-2 with Portadown at the Oval after extra-time and eventually went through 5-4 on penalties.
@Glentoran beat @Portadownfc on pens @sadlersbrewco #IrishCup - bedlam at the Oval!!!! pic.twitter.com/QrmYfmxFeJ— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) January 4, 2020
It was the day Premiership sides entered the cup, and the other top teams taking on lower division opposition made it safely through.
Cliftonville beat Hanover 6-0 and Larne were the top scorers, with an 8-0 victory over Belfast Celtic.
Meanwhile, Coleraine had a 2-0 win at Glenavon in an all-Premiership clash.
Full results and draw below with reaction from Queen's and the Glens below that.
Time out! Irish Cup results and sixth round draw ... @sadlersbrewco #IrishCup pic.twitter.com/isXQIvrMxN— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) January 4, 2020
🎥 Incredible stuff @qubafc as students against all the odds send @OfficialBlues crashing out of the @sadlersbrewco #IrishCup. @marcmckenna6 broke the deadlock at the Dub with a stunning strike: 1/3 pic.twitter.com/NOW85d58kV— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) January 4, 2020
🎥 The man who knocked @OfficialBlues out of the cup - @qubafc hero Jonah Mitchell, made it 2-1 from the spot. The son of former @Glentoran & @OfficialBlues ace Philip Mitchell he also had a spell at Windsor. Jonah’s taking no credit for the cup sensation though: 2/3 pic.twitter.com/LrETrucYbA— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) January 4, 2020
🎥 When #IrishCup draw was made, some expected @qubafc to switch the tie v @OfficialBlues to Windsor Park for a big pay day. Instead Queen’s boss Peter Thompson opted for the Dub, restricted crowd of 350, shock win and a place in the last 16 at home to @Glentoran Why switch?! 3/3 pic.twitter.com/2KFgLQqtJB— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) January 4, 2020
🎥 A family affair for the Mulgrew clan today @qubafc midfielder @BenMulgrew going head to head with big bro @OfficialBlues skipper @mulgrew22 in Irish Cup. And what a shock - 2-1 home win for the students! “We weren’t expecting it, but we stuck to the game plan and it’s great!” pic.twitter.com/03XMn9w2QH— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) January 4, 2020
🎥 Drama at the Oval! @Glentoran beat @Portadownfc in a penalty shoot-out. @MickMcDermott “That’s cup football, special day, credit to both teams - both sets of fans...” @sadlersbrewco #IrishCup pic.twitter.com/mI69cJ2i6P— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) January 4, 2020
🎥 What a week for @Glentoran striker @Jonny_Frazer_7 New contract, then stars today in cup - wins pen that forced extra-time 1-1, scores equaliser to force pens 2-2 & slots home cool as you like in the 5-4 shoot-out! He’s thanking the Glens fans @sadlersbrewco #IrishCup pic.twitter.com/4BFQ0nvTF7— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) January 4, 2020
🎥 So, up next for @Glentoran in the Irish Cup? It’s only a 6th round tie on Feb 1st @qubafc who’ve just KO’ed @OfficialBlues in one of the competition’s biggest ever upsets. GFC star @Jonny_Frazer_7: “They’ve a lot of quality, we’ll show them massive respect - they deserve it.” pic.twitter.com/H4HUFypR7l— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) January 4, 2020