Bookmark and Share

Belfast ‘Big Two’ drawn together in cross-border cup

Belfast’s ‘Big Two’ have been drawn together in the new cross-border Setanta Cup.

Both Linfield and Glentoran have been drawn in the same group as FAI Cup winners Longford for the new tournament which begins in March.

In the other group Portadown face Eircom League winners Shelbourne and Cork with all games being played on a home and away basis.

The group winners qualify for the final with the inaugural Setanta Cup champions picking up 150,000 euros and 80,000 euros going to the runners-up. The remaining four teams will each earn 30,000 euros for taking part.

Group One fixtures

Tues 15 March:Glentoran v Linfield

Mon 4 April:Longford v Linfield

Tues 19 April:Linfield v Glentoran

Mon 25 April: Longford v Glentoran

Tues 10 May: Linfield v Longford

Mon 16 May: Glentoran v Linfield

Group Two fixtures

Tues 22 March: Shelbourne v Portadown

Tues 29 March: Cork City v Shelbourne

Mon 11 April: Portadown v Cork City

Mon 25 April: Portadown v Shelbourne

Mon 2 May: Shelbourne v Cork City

Mon 16 May: Cork City v Portadown

Setanta Sports, a new Irish dedicated pay-per-view sports channel, recently signed a four-year deal to host the tournament, which will see 10 of the 13 games broadcast live on local television screens.

The new tournament will begin in April but will then switch to a November calendar.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

28 April 2017
School Principals Prepared To 'Go Into The Red'
A number of principals from schools across Northern Ireland have said they are prepared to go into deficit to ensure the education of their pupils. The headteachers have signed a letter to the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, stating that they will not implement a proposed 2.
26 September 2016
Belfast Giants Win Against Braehead
The Belfast Giants won against Braehead on Sunday, 25 September, in a shootout after Jackson Whistle stopped two Clan shooters. James Desmarais and David Rutherford also scored. The win, which was Whistle's first start in the net for the team, keeps the Giants in first place in Challenge Cup Group A with nine points from six games played.
22 November 2016
Call For Troubles Victims To Receive Special Pension Payments
Victims who have not been able to build up workplace pensions due to injuries sustained during the Troubles should receive special pension payments, according to campaigners. The Injured Group at the WAVE Trauma Centre have written to MLAs, MPs, Church leaders and other opinion formers urging them to back their campaign.
09 November 2016
Business Development Group Applications To Reopen To Agriculture Sector
Applications to the Business Development Group (BDG) are due to reopen to the agriculture sector on 16 November, Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced.
22 September 2016
UDA Resolve Scheme Moves Towards Official Recognition
A community restorative justice group in east Belfast with links to the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), a paramilitary group, is moving towards official recognition. A review by the Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJINI) found the Resolve scheme was making a "useful contribution in a fragmented community".
20 September 2016
Meeting Of Stormont All Party Group On Cancer Postponed
A meeting of the Stormont All Party Group (APG) on Cancer which was due to take place today, 20 September, has been postponed after the Department of Health failed to provide an official to brief the group on the crisis engulfing cancer waiting times.
01 March 2017
Redevelopment Of Sirocco Site Proposed
A £400 million redevelopment of the former Sirocco site in east Belfast has been proposed by a consortium led by the St Francis Group. The plans includes the development of almost 70,000 sq m of offices, alongside more than 800 new homes, a hotel and a footbridge across the Lagan to the Waterfront Hall.
01 November 2016
Queens' University Names New Facility After Wrights Group Founder
Queen's University in Belfast is to name a new engineering facility after the founder of Wrights Group, William Wright. The William Wright Technology Centre will be built at Queen's School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Wright's Group has invested £300,000 in the centre, a figure which is being matched by the University.
31 October 2016
Wrights Group To Buy JTI Site In Ballymena
Bus firm Wrights Group has announced it is to acquire JTI's premises in Ballymena, Co Antrim. The deal to buy the 100-acre site is expected to be completed in early 2017. Economy Minister Simon Hamilton welcomed the announcement.
12 October 2016
Germany Beats Northern Ireland In 2018 World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland footballer Lee Hodson has praised his team-mates after they were defeated 2-0 by Germany in their 2018 World Cup Group C qualifier. Julian Draxler scored the first goal in the 13th minute and Sami Khedira scored four minutes later.
24 June 2005
Glentoran to face Shelbourne in Champions League qualifier
Irish league champions Glentoran have been paired against League of Ireland winners Shelbourne in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.
06 January 2017
New Contractor Secured For Bannview Practice In Portadown
A new GP contract provider has been secured for Bannview Practice in Portadown, Co Armagh. The new provider will be in place from early March, Health Minister Michelle O'Neill confirmed. Bannview has been at risk of closure as it would have been left with no GP cover.
01 June 2017
Other News In Brief
Woman Convicted Of Benefit Fraud A woman has been convicted for claiming £45,905 benefits she was not entitled to at Downpatrick Crown Court. Martina Kearney claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £45,905 while failing to declare she was living with a partner. She was given 160 hours community service.
21 March 2017
Pensioner Hit By Car In Portadown
A woman has been arrested after a pensioner was knocked down in Portadown, Co Armagh. The 80-year-old woman was struck by a car in the Park Road area at around 1.20pm on Monday, 20 March. She is believed to be in a stable condition in hospital. A 49-year-old woman is assisting police with their enquiries.
05 September 2016
Security Alert In Portadown Ends
A security alert in Portadown, Co Armagh, has now ended. A suspicious object was found in the area, however it has been described as "nothing untoward". Police and army bomb disposal experts attended the scene in the Upper Church Lane area. The road was closed but it has since re-opened.