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Irn-Bru Cup home draw

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Irn-Bru Cup home draw thumbnailColeraine trio Gareth McConaghie, Lyndon Kane and Brad Lyons model the Bannsiders’ new away top for the next two seasons.

COLERAINE have been handed home advantage for their Irn-Bru Challenge Cup second round clash after being paired against Fortmartine United.
 The Bannsiders were drawn against their Highland League opposition last Thursday with the tie scheduled for September 8/9.
It is rumoured  that the match will be played on Sunday  September 9 due to Northern Ireland being at home in the UEFA Nations League.
It will mark the first time that Oran Kearney's men have featured in the competition that also includes teams from England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. Last year's tournament was won by Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Fortmartine are currently managed by former Celtic, St Johnstone and Motherwell defender Paul Lawson and defeated Inverurie Locos in the previous round.
 United have started their season strong after winning four of their opening five fixtures. They were beaten 2-1 last weekend by Wick Academy which brought an end to their 21 match winning streak.
Remarkably, that run didn't yield Highland League success as Cove Rangers lifted their sixth league title.
However, their season exploits were rewarded as they tasted silverware in the Highland League Cup and Aberdeenshire Cup.
Due to the Bannsiders' participation in the competition, the Northern Ireland Football League have had to re-arrange the Danske Bank Premiership fixture against Ballymena United.
The original date was set for Friday September 7 but this has now been changed to Tuesday September 25 with a 7:45pm kick-off at The Showgrounds.

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