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Sixteen fixtures in all as Clifftonville go for 5-in-a-row

Cliftonville won their fourth consecutive League Cup when they beat Ballymena United in last years final.  The onus is now on  the rest of the sides to finally wrest the trophy from their grasp, or see the North Belfast side pick up a fifth consecutive league cup.  

The Reds will begin their defence with a game against 2011 winners Lisburn Distillery.  DIstillery have dropped down to the Intermediate league since they won the competition so the cup could provide a timely reminder of better days for Distillery.


Coleraine will entertain Limavady at the Showgrounds in a derby encounter.  The Bannsiders gave their season a much needed boost with a 4-1 win over Glentoran.  Coleraine boss Oran Kearney knows he can take nothing for granted with the Intermediate side. 


Premiership champions Crusaders will begin their cup campaign when Loughgall visit Seaview.  The tie could give Crues boss Stephen Baxter an opportunity to rest some first team players, after last weekends 2-1 win over Portadown.  The Ports meanwhile, will have to shake that result off as they have a home clash with Donegal Celtic.  

Nine-time winners Linfield will take on Championship leaders Larne at Windsor park, with David Healey's side knowing that the Inver Park side will be no pushover.  Blues striker Andy Waterworth hopes that the Belfast side can improve on their recent cup performances.

Elsewhere Glentoran travel to league minnows Annagh United hoping to put the weekends defeat to Coleraine behind them. The Glens may be taking on non-league opposition, but manager Alan Kernaghan knows they can't take any opposition lightly when it comes to cup football.


Newry City will face a tricky journey to Ards and Newry City boss Darren Mullan told Q Radio, that his side are relishing the chance to take on some premier league opposition.

Sixteen fixtures in all take place on Tuesday night such as league leaders Glenavon's home tie with Tobermore United, Institute's game with HW Welders and a home tie for Ballymena against Newington YC.

Tuesday August 30 2016 All fixtures 7:30pm unless stated:

Knockbreda    vs    Lurgan Celtic (6:30pm)                      
Annagh United    vs    Glentoran                       
Ards    vs    Newry City                                      
Armagh City    vs    Dergview                        
Ballinamallard United    vs    Dundela        
Ballyclare Comrades    vs    Carrick Rangers        
Ballymena United    vs    Newington YC        
Cliftonville    vs    Lisburn Distillery        
Coleraine    vs    Limavady United        
Crusaders    vs    Loughgall                        
Dungannon Swifts    vs    S&L Swifts        
Glenavon    vs    Tobermore United        
Institute    vs    HW Welders                       
Linfield    vs    Larne                                                        
Portadown    vs    Donegal Celtic                        
Warrenpoint Town    vs    Banbridge Town               

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