Local sides in Premier League challenge

THE second round draw for the Irn-Bru League Cup provided three exciting fixtures for Coagh, Killymoon and Tobermore.

All three of the local sides were handed Premier League opposition in the second round of the draw.

Mid Ulster Sports Arena based side Killymoon Rangers, have an away trip to the Oval to face Glentoran on the 20th September. Moon sealed their place in the second round with a thrilling 5-4 victory over Queens in the last round.

This time last year Killymoon took on Linfield at Windsor Park in the League Cup and lady luck has shone upon the club again as they look forward to another exciting fixture against a top Irish Premier League outfit.

Killymoon chairman David Brown was delighted to draw Glentoran and said that the club were looking forward to the tie.

“It is a great honour for a wee club like ours to go and play the mighty Glens at the Oval and for the management, players and sponsors it is a great reward for all their hard work, dedication and effort that has been put in down through the years.”

“This is the opportunity that Killymoon now gives to players in the Cookstown district to apply their skills against one of the best teams in Northern Ireland. We know we are not going to win the cup but we also know we can go and enjoy the occasion and give a good performance as we did against Linfield.”

Coagh United will be hoping to pull off a major cup upset when they travel to play a Glenavon side who have had an atrocious start to the season. Manager Marty Quinn has made a number of new additions to the Glenavon panel but the Mourneview Park outfit have struggled at the start of the new campaign.

Coagh had an impressive victory over Portstewart in the last round and will be hoping to put up a good fight against Glenavon.

A Coagh United spokesman was delighted to draw Glenavon and labelled it as a ‘nice distraction’ from the league. However, Coagh still maintain that promotion is still the main priority.

“It is an excellent and exciting draw for the club. However, it is disappointing that we could not fulfil the fixture at home against Glenavon. We were drawn at home but the fixture had to be reversed as we do not currently have floodlights at Hagan Park.”

“It will provide managers Noel Mitchell and Stephen Uprichard with a chance to test their players against senior opposition. We are under no allusions how hard it will be against Glenavon but we will give 100% and hope for an upset on the night.”

Johnny Law will take his Tobermore United side to New Grosvenor Stadium where they will face holders Lisburn Distillery. The Ballyskeagh based outfit managed by Tommy Wright defeated Portadown in the final of the League Cup last season.

Manager Johnny Law insisted that his sides priority for this season is focusing on their league campaign.

“It is a fixture we could have been doing without. It is not ideal to be travelling up to Lisburn on a Tuesday evening. I honestly would rather be on the training field and spend more time with the lads preparing for their next league fixture. Nonetheless we will go up there and give it go and see what happens.”

This Saturday Tobermore take on local rivals Magherafelt Sky Blues at Fortwilliam Park with a 2.30pm kick off.

“It is a fixture we are looking forward to and we will be looking to progress. We will not take the Sky Blues lightly and we are determined to come out on top.”

All ties will take place on Tuesday 20th September with a 7.45pm kick off.