Linfield to face Crusaders in Irish Cup fifth round

Irish Cup holders Linfield have been drawn to face last year's beaten finalists Crusaders in the fifth round of this season's competition.

The tie at Windsor Park will be one of 16 games played on Saturday 12 January.

Premiership leaders Cliftonville have been handed home advantage over Ballinamallard United, while Portadown are at home to Dungannon Swifts.

The Irish Cup is currently without a sponsor, following the demise of former backer JJB Sports.

Among the lower division teams looking to cause an upset will be Killymoon Rangers, who will face Glentoran, and Ballynahinch United, who will take on Coleraine.

County Antrim Shield winners Ballymena United come up against Warrenpoint Town.

Linfield defeated Crusaders 4-1 in last season's final and saw off the same opposition 2-1 in the 2011 decider.

Stephen Baxter's side knocked the Blues out of the League Cup this week with a 1-0 semi-final victory at Windsor Park.

Irish Cup fifth round draw

Lisburn Distillery v Coagh United

Rathfriland Rangers v Institute

Killymoon Rangers v Glentoran

Linfield v Crusaders

Coleraine v Ballynahinch Utd

Loughgall v Donegal Celtic

Tobermore Utd v Kilmore Rec

Ballymena Utd v Warrenpoint Town

Ards v Immaculata

Cliftonville v Ballinamallard Utd

Dundela v Queen's University

Knockbreda Parish v Rosario YC

Ballyclare Comrades v Bangor

Portadown v Dungannon Swifts

Larne v Lurgan Celtic

Glenavon v H&W Welders

Ties to be played on Saturday 12 January

Top Stories