|28 January 2005|
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.
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