Ballymena and Carrick prepare for Seaview showdown

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Carrick's Mark Surgenor and Ballymena's Caolan Loughran

By Q Radio Sport

Ballymena United and Carrick Rangers go head to head in the 2016/17 NIFL League Cup final.

Two of the players set to go toe-to-toe (Saturday, 5:30pm) are the son of a legendary local boxer and a Ballymena old boy who now captains Carrick.

The famous father of Sky Blues centre-back Caolan Loughran is 1990s WBO Welterweight champion, Eamonn Loughran.

22-year-old Caolan's aiming to follow in his footsteps at the weekend and bring some silverware back to the Braid.

And his father will have a ringside seat at Seaview.


The Carrick skipper is Ballymena teacher Mark Surgenor. 

He's a former Sky Blues player and has tasted trophy success with his home town team.

But the 31-year-old defender is in the opposite corner this time and believes Carrick can cause an upset.


The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports as part of a new six-season deal with NIFL.


Meanwhile, four Danske Bank Premiership games have been brought forward to Friday night, including the Solitude showdown between Cliftonville and Glentoran, which is also live on Sky.

The other Friday fixtures see league leaders Crusaders on the road to Dungannon; second-placed Linfield entertain basement club Portadown and Ballinamallard away to Glenavon (all 7.45pm).


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