Home comforts for local clubs in Irish Cup

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THERE will be home comforts for the majority East Antrim clubs who survived the opening round of this year’s JJB Sports Irish Cup.

Six of the seven local clubs whose names were in the hat will play in their own back yards, with Fra Miskelly’s UUJ the only team hitting the road as they take on Paul Kirk’s Lisburn Rangers.

Nortel, no strangers to a decent run in the Cup under ex-boss Jamesy Kirk, have been paired with Kilmore Rec at the Factory Grounds, and Islandmagee will have to overcome Shankill United to make it to round three.

Ballynure Old Boys will face League stablemates Carniny Amateurs. Their village rivals FC Ballynure got Mountjoy United.

Jim Pherson’s Barn United will go head-to-head with Crumlin Star, while David McCrea’s Rathfern Rangers side host Abbey Villa.

The ties are scheduled to be played on Saturday, October 20, each with a 1:30pm kick-off.

JJB Sports Irish Cup Round 2 draw:

Nortel v Kilmore Rec

Newtowne v Tandragee Rovers

Lisburn Rangers v UUJ

Bangor Amateurs v Newcastle

Oxford Sunnyside v Crumlin United

Islandmagee v Shankill United

Immaculata v Newbuildings United

Downshire YM v Sirocco Works

Drumaness Mills v Saintfield United

Ballynure OB v Carniny Amateurs

Seagoe v Malachians

Ballynahinch United v Dromore Amateurs

Barn United v Crumlin Star

Ards Rangers v Lower Maze

FC Ballynure v Mountjoy United

Dollingstown v Oxford United Stars

Dromara Village v Killyleagh YC

Dunmurry Rec v Bangor Swifts

Bloomfield v Rathfriland Rangers

Comber Rec v Camlough Rovers

Rosario YC v Magherafelt Sky Blues

Rathfern Rangers v Abbey Villa