Rathfriland and Banbridge Rangers continue Irish Cup campaigns and all other local fixtures

Banbridge Rangers will take on Tandragee Rovers on Saturday in the Irish Cup. INBL0114-RANGERS3
Banbridge Rangers will take on Tandragee Rovers on Saturday in the Irish Cup. INBL0114-RANGERS3

The Irish Cup continues in round three this weekend with local sides Banbridge Rangers and Rathfriland Rangers both involved.

Bann take on Intermediate A rivals Tandragee Rovers at Cheney Park on Saturday (kick-off 1.30pm) while Rathfriland are on their travels to Amateur League 1B side 1st Bangor OB (kick-off 1.30pm).

Banbridge are three points behind Rovers in the Intermediate A league table but have played three games more. The two sides met earlier this season at Havelock, Tandragee edging a thrilling encounter 4-3 with a last gasp winner.

Rathfriland’s opponents Bangor are sitting mid table in the league with games in hand so they will be a tough nut to crack especially in cup competition on their patch. Both local sides then won’t have it easy to reach round four.

Banbridge Rangers

Rangers’ second string, meanwhile, are at home on Friday night, playing Armagh City Reserves (kick-off 8.15pm).

Seapatrick

The Villagers will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday and host AFC Craigavon, who sit three places above them in the league table (kick-off 2.15pm). Seapatrick are, along with Crewe United, cut adrift at the foot of the table.

Moneyslane

Slane’s first team are away to Markethill Swifts in Intermediate B (kick-off 2.15pm). Slane are a point off top spot but Markethill are just four points behind and will test David Johnstone’s side.

Scarva Rangers

Basement side Scarva look to get their first league points of the season with a trip to face Silverwood United in Division One (kick-off 2.15pm).

Banbridge YCOB

YCOB are at home to second placed Caledon Rovers in Division Four on Saturday (kick-off 2.15pm). Eleven points currently separate the sides and the hosts will have a tough day if they’re to get anything from the game.

Donacloney

In Division Three, Donacloney travel to league leaders Castlecaulfield in potentially their most difficult game of the seaso (kick-off 2.15pm). The leaders have yet to be beaten, winning six of their seven league matches so far while the Cloney have so far picked up just a point.