Three Irish Cup matches are postponed

Glenavon issued a plea for volunteers to help clear snow from the pitch at Mourneview Park
Glenavon issued a plea for volunteers to help clear snow from the pitch at Mourneview Park

Three of Saturday's Irish Cup quarter-finals have been postponed because of freezing conditions.

They are Coleraine's tie against Glentoran, Linfield at home to Cliftonville and the match between Ballymena United and Larne.

The other match between Premiership team Glenavon and Loughgall of the Championship is going ahead.

Glenavon player-manager Gary Hamilton joined volunteers in helping clear snow from the pitch.

All matches in the Championship and Premier Intermediate have been postponed as well.

The postponed cup ties have been rearranged for Tuesday, 13 March.

The scene at a deserted Ballymena Showgrounds on Saturday
The scene at a deserted Ballymena Showgrounds on Saturday

At Coleraine, referee Robert Crangle decided the frozen pitch was too dangerous for the players.

Windsor Park's pitch was playable, but the Linfield v Cliftonville was postponed because of concerns about stadium access and snow in the stands.

The NI Football League has announced that the Ballymena United v Ballinamallard United Premiership fixture planned for Tuesday, 13 March has been postponed because that is to be the new date for Ballymena's cup tie against Championship club Larne.

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