BetMcLean League Cup sponsor Paul McLean pictured with Rodney McAree (Dungannon Swifts manager) and Andrew Johnston (NI Football League Managing Director) at the Launch of the new season competition. © Stephen Hamilton / Presseye


The NI Football League have launched the new BetMcLean League Cup competition and today the first round draw for the competition.

The action kicks off with four first round fixtures on Saturday 4 August, with the introduction of the remaining teams, including the Danske Bank Premiership clubs, for the second round later in the same month.

NI Football League Manging Director Andrew Johnston said; “The vision and dedication of BetMcLean has helped us lift the competition’s profile during the first year of sponsorship last season”

“We’re a month away from the start of the season with the BetMcLean League Cup kicking us off and we wish all clubs competing in the competition the best of luck for the season!”

Competition sponsor Paul McLean from BetMcLean said; “Following such a positive season of last year, we’re looking forward to another successful BetMcLean League Cup competition.”

Last season, Dungannon Swifts triumphed in the final of the BetMcLean League Cup, defeating Ballymena United at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

BetMcLean League Cup – First Round Draw
Lurgan Celtic v Armagh City
PSNI v Banbridge Town
Dundela v Knockbreda
Queens University v Lisburn Distillery

Fixtures to be played on Saturday 4 August.

Twelve clubs received byes into the second round of the competition, namely: Annagh United, Ballyclare Comrades, Dergview, Dollingstown, Larne, Limavady United, Loughgall, Moyola Park, Newington YC, Portstewart, Sport & Leisure Swifts, Tobermore United.

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