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