Co-operative Cup 1st round draw

THE draw for Round One of the 2010/11 Co-operative Insurance Cup was made today, Thursday 1 July, throwing up some interesting ties to kick-off what is sure to be another action packed League Cup campaign.

The Co-operative Insurance Cup’s new structure this season sees the introduction of a straight knock out format and the involvement of all Championship and Premiership clubs.

The draw for Round One will include the 30 clubs from Championships 1 and 2. Ten of these clubs will receive a bye into Round Two; with the remaining 20 clubs contesting 10 ties which will be played on Saturday 21 August. Round Two will include the 12 Premiership clubs together with the 10 winners from Round one and the 10 clubs awarded byes in Round one.

In the draw made at Malone House, Belfast, Round One will see last year’s IFA Championship 1 winners Loughgall face Ballymoney United with Institute, who last season played in the IFA Premiership, facing a tough trip to Dundela.

Limavady United will play fellow IFA Championship side Carrick Rangers in a repeat of last season’s Co-operative Insurance Cup Second Round tie with Ballyclare Comrades hosting Ballinamallard United in the other all IFA Championship tie. Larne will play Wakehurst with Lurgan Celtic hosting Ards. Glebe Rangers will also host Chimney Corner.

In three all IFA Championship 2 ties Coagh United will face Knockbreda, Moyola Park hosting Annagh United with the PSNI taking on Warrenpoint Town. Banbridge Town, Killymoon Rangers, Portstewart, Armagh City, HW Welders, Tobermore United, Bangor, Dergview, Sport & Leisure and Queen’s University all received automatic byes into Round Two.

Philip Strong, Area Manager for The Co-operative Financial Services, said: “We are delighted to be entering our tenth consecutive year of the sponsorship. Each season The Co-operative Insurance Cup has gone from strength to strength, and has built upon the support and commitment of the fans, players, clubs and communities who are all involved in the competition.

“The inclusion of all IFA Championship clubs and a new look knock-out format throughout will add a real element of excitement and unpredictability. I hope that after today’s draw the competing clubs and, of course, local football fans will be looking forward to this season’s Co-operative Insurance Cup.”

Huge Wade, the recently appointed Chairman of the IFA Premiership Management Committee said: “We are thrilled to be moving in to a decade of sponsorship for the League Cup with The Co-operative Insurance. Our partnership with The Co-operative Insurance continues to go from strength to strength and we value both their financial and promotional support in establishing The Co-operative Insurance Cup as one of the major domestic cup competitions in Northern Ireland.

“We hope that the new format of a sudden death knock-out after one game will add to the excitement of this coming season’s competition and we welcome the Championship 2 clubs to the competition for the first time. I wish all the participating clubs the best of luck and look forward to the new season.”

Round 1

  • Ballyclare Comrades v. Ballinamallard United
  • Carrick Rangers v. Limavady United
  • Coagh United v. Knockbreda
  • Dundela v. Institute
  • Glebe Rangers v. Chimney Corner
  • Larne v. Wakehurst
  • Loughgall v. Ballymoney United
  • Lurgan Celtic v. Ards
  • Moyola Park v. Annagh United
  • PSNI v. Warrenpoint Town

Byes: Banbridge Town, Killymoon Rangers, Portstewart, Armagh City, HW Welders, Tobermore United, Bangor, Dergview, Sport & Leisure Swifts and Queen’s University

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