Linfield boss Warren Feeney may have his sights on regaining the Irish Premiership title in his first season at Windsor Park, but he has declared the Toals Bookmakers County Antrim Shield is also on his wish-list.
The Blues – who are the holders – were pulled out of the hat against Dundela for their first round defence at Windsor Park – and it can’t come soon enough for the former Northern Ireland international.
“It’s the first trophy of the season up for grabs, so I’m making it a priority,” insisted Feeney.
“I want to get my first piece of silverware sitting the boardroom as soon as possible – the County Antrim Shield gives us that opportunity.
“We’ve got a favourable first round draw, although we’ll be giving Dundela the respect they deserve. They have proved down the years they are capable of upsetting the odds.”
Toals Bookmakers have thrown their weight behind the tournament this season and, at last night’s launch at the Park Avenue Hotel, Lauren Toal said she believes it will be a successful partnership.
“We have joined forces with the County Antrim FA and are proud to sponsor all four of their trophies,” she said. “This follows on from our commitment with the Steel & Sons Cup last season, so we are very excited.”
There are a number of mouth-watering ties, with Premiership title holders Cliftonville due to visit Ballyclare, while Eddie Patterson’s Glentoran face a banana skin outing at Larne.
Toals Bookmakers County Antrim Shield draw: Glentoran v Larne, Carrick Rangers v Crusaders, Ballyclare Comrades v Cliftonville, Donegal Celtic v Ballymena United, Linfield v Dundela, Ards v Ballymoney United, Bangor v Glebe Rangers, Newington YC v Immaculata.
Games to take place on Tuesday, September 24, except Ards v Ballymoney, which will be held 24 hours later.