Irish Cup semi-final rehearsals as league gets down to the last eight games

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Glens and Reds meet again on Saturday. Pic: NIFL.

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There's a full programme of six matches in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday.

Five start at 3pm, but there's a 5.30pm kick-off at Inver Park where Larne host Glenavon.

Two of the earlier encounters are Irish Cup semi-final rehearsals, both derby games with Glentoran facing Cliftonville at the Oval and Ballymena hosting Coleraine. 

The cup draw at the weekend threw up the same pairings. Dates and venues were announced on Friday morning. However, the Irish FA is considering changing the date of the Glentoran-Cliftonville tie as the managers of both clubs are due to be at a UEFA coaching course in Switzerland at the time.



The Bannsiders go to Warden Street this weekend four points behind leaders Linfield after beating Glenavon 2-1 at the Showgrounds on Tuesday night.

The Blues are away to Carrick as they return to action after sitting out the cup quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Linfield legend Andy Waterworth has picked up yet another award:



Crusaders ended a run of four successive defeats by sharing the spoils in the North Belfast derby mid-week and will expect to get back to winning ways at home to bottom club Institute on Saturday.

If that happens, a win for relegation rivals Warrenpoint at Dungannon would move Barry Gray's team five points clear of the basement. 

There's also the potential for the Point to close to within seven points of Ballymena, who slipped to 10th place on Tuesday when they lost at Stangmore Park.



All the teams have played 30 games - there are now eight remaining, three before the split. 

Danske Bank Premiership

Saturday 3pm - 

Ballymena United vs Coleraine 
Carrick Rangers vs Linfield 
Crusaders vs Institute
Dungannon Swifts vs Warrenpoint Town
Glentoran vs Cliftonville

5.30pm - 
Larne vs Glenavon















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