Cup dream all over for Larne and Loughgall Coleraine and Cliftonville set for showdown

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Coleraine defender, scorer and man of the match Gareth McConaghie.

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Coleraine and Cliftonville will go head-to-head in the Tennent's Irish Cup final on the fifth of May.

The Premiership teams won their respective matches against Championship opposition in Saturday's semi-finals.

It finished 4-1 between Cliftonville and Loughgall at the Oval.

There were two goals each for Rory Donnelly and Joe Gormley - his first after just 22 seconds, the second a brilliant lob.

Meanwhile, in Ballymena, Coleraine had a 3-1 victory against Larne.

Right-back Lyndon Kane smashed a long-range opener at the start of the second half, ex-Bannsider Davy McDaid equalised, but defender Gareth McConaghie headed Coleraine back in front and Josh Carson sealed it with an injury time penalty.

Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney told Q Radio getting to the 2018 decider is a chance to make amends for losing last season's final...

McConaghie was named man of the match...

The centre-back's now looking ahead to Coleraine’s potential Danske Bank Premiership title decider at Crusaders on Easter Tuesday ...

Larne manager Tiernan Lynch said he’s proud of his players after an heroic effort against the double-chasing Bannsiders...

Lynch says his focus is now firmly on gaining promotion to the top flight next season...

Also on Saturday, Warrenpoint Town beat Dungannon Swifts 3-0 at the Q Radio Arena in the final league game before the split.

Lorcan Forde, Jordan Dane and TJ Murray scored to send Stephen McDonnell's men 10 points clear of Carrick in the relegation play-off place.

Finally, Loughgall were able to look on the bright side after their cup defeat at the Oval with this 1st of April tweet...


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