AMATEUR LEAGUE: Draw made for Clarence Cup

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The draw for the opening round of the Amateur League’s Clarence Cup has been made.

While there tends to be more prestige attached to the Border Cup and its traditional Christmas final, the Clarence is arguably harder to win and is the equivalent of the Amateur League’s FA Cup.

Locally, Kilroot Rec, Mossley FC, Wellington Rec and Larne Tech Old Boys all meet Junior opposition, while one of the ties of the round is the meeting at the Diamond of Rathfern Rangers and St Patrick’s YM.

Round-one ties are to be played on or before December 6.

Clarence Cup first-round draw

Suffolk Swifts v Kilroot Rec

Mossley FC v Queens Grads

Nortel v Ardglass

Lisburn Rangers v 18th Newtownabbey OB

Greenisland v 1st Bangor OB

Newtownbreda v FC Ballynure

Rathfern Rangers v St Patrick’s YM

Wellington Rec v 4th Newtownabbey OB

Barn United v East Belfast

Bangor YM v Larne Tech OB

Crumlin United v Whitehead Eagles

Dromore Amateurs v Newington Rangers

Byes: Grange Rangers, UUJ, Islandmagee.