COLERAINE are set to give minutes to first-team members and some of the club’s up and coming stars as they face Limavady United at The Showgrounds this evening (KO 7:45pm)…
Eventsec North-West Senior Cup Quarter-Final
Coleraine take a break from the Sports Direct Premiership this week as they face Limavady United in the North-West Cup and Hamilton Academical in the SPFL Trust Trophy. The Bannsiders suffered defeat last weekend on league duty as Linfield left The Showgrounds with all three points. Coleraine reached the final of the North-West Cup last season – losing to Ballinamallard United in the final – and tonight’s fixture is set to be a mixture of first-team players and those from the U20 squad.
Limavady United have made a blistering start to the 2023/24 season as they have won all four games to date. Paul Owens’ side certainly know where the back of the net certainly is as they registered a 9-1 win at home to Banbridge Town and a 7-1 victory away to Dollingstown in the Premier Intermediate League. The eye-catching results have extended to Cup competitions as the Roesiders beat Portavogie Rangers by a 4-1 scoreline in the Irish Cup and a 6-1 win against Tobermore United in the BetMcLean Cup.
Despite the two teams regularly facing off in pre-season action, the Roesiders have enjoyed winning the last three contests in the North-West Senior Cup.
In the 2018-19 competition, a young Coleraine side would be beaten 5-0 at the Limavady Showgrounds, whilst in September 2021, United would come from a goal behind to record a 3-1 victory at home as Tiarnan Boorman headed in alongside a brace from Alex Pomeroy.
There would also be a victory for Limavady in the 2015-16 final as they registered a 2-0 win.
“I’ve certainly been impressed with how Limavady have started their season under Paul,” Kearney said.
“This game will allow us to give players who need minutes some game time, as well as looking at others in the under-age squads.
“Marty Smith did extremely well leading the team last year to the final and he will take charge this evening.”
The match referee will be Shane McGonigle.
The assistant referees are Richard Hegarty and Simon Mackay.
Coleraine supporters are advised that season tickets are not valid for the fixture.
A cash gate will be in operation at the price of £7 adults and £5 concessions.
The upstairs viewing lounge will be open from 6:30pm.
As ever, those unable to watch the fixture can follow the latest developments via the club’s official Twitter account (@ColeraineFC).