ROUND 3 of the JBE League Cup kicks off on Wednesday evening (745pm) with 11 Premiership and 5 Championship clubs left in the competition.

Holders Cliftonville return to Stangmore Park for the second time in five days hoping for a repeat of their 1-0 league win over Dungannon Swifts on Saturday.  

Last season’s beaten finalists Ballymena United travel to the North West to face Championship 2’s Limavady United who have yet to lose a game this season in NIFL competitions.

Glentoran welcome Carrick Rangers to the Oval with both sides perhaps happy for a break from Premiership football after an indifferent start to their seasons.

Linfield have lost their top spot in the Premiership but can clinch a place in the Quarter-Finals of the JBE League Cup if they can overcome Ballinamallard Utd at Windsor Park. The Mallard’s last trip to Belfast saw them beat Glentoran 2-0 in the league.

Portadown look to be back to winning ways after two wins on the bounce as they welcome Warrenpoint Town to Shamrock Park. Point are winless in their last five games and lost 2-1 to the Ports here in August.

Crusaders have moved to the top of the Premiership and look in terrific form as struggling Championship 1 side Institute head to Seaview. The Crues are unbeaten in their last 12 games in all competitions winning 10 of them while ‘Stute have won two games all season; one in the league and one in the JBE League Cup Second Round.

The Coleraine Showgrounds sees another Premiership vs Championship tie as Oran Kearney’s side entertain Championship 1 high-flyers H&W Welders. The Bannsiders have surprised a few people this season with their consistency as they sit firmly in fourth place in the league but in the Welders they face a side who are top of the Championship and who knocked out Dollingstown in the last round of the JBE League Cup.

In the only all-Championship tie of the round, Annagh United welcome Ards to Tandragee Road. Ards came away with a 3-1 win here in September in the league, but Annagh Utd showed great spirit to come from behind to knock out Glenavon on penalties in the last round.

JBE League Cup – Round Three

Wednesday 14 October, 745pm

Annagh United  v  Ards

Coleraine  v  H&W Welders

Crusaders  v  Institute

Dungannon Swifts  v  Cliftonville

Glentoran  v  Carrick Rangers

Limavady United  Ballymena United

Linfield  v  Ballinamallard United

Portadown  v  Warrenpoint Town