‘The show will go on’ insist Setanta Cup organisers

Setanta Cup tournament chairman Milo Corcoran

Setanta Cup tournament chairman Milo Corcoran

Organisers of the Setanta Sports Cup insist the ‘show must go on’ despite Linfield and Cliftonville withdrawing from next year’s competition.

On Monday the Belfast clubs confirmed they would not be competing in this season’s all-Ireland tournament.

Concerns over fixture scheduling and prizemoney have prompted the Blues and Reds to pull the plug.

It is a significant blow ahead of Wednesday’s quarter-final draw at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Speculation continues to mount over the long-term future of the Setanta Cup, but on Monday organisers announced a new three-year sponsorship deal with Setanta Sports which will run to 2016.

They also confirmed that Ballinamallard United and Coleraine will replace Linfield and Cliftonville in Wednesday’s draw.

They will be joined by Crusaders and Glentoran, who have reiterated their commitment to the tournament, and Airtricity League clubs St Patrick’s Athletic, Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers.

Setanta Cup chairman Milo Corcoran said: “I am very happy that Setanta have shown their faith in this unique competition by agreeing to remain as our sponsors for a further three years.

“The competition has grown in stature since it began in 2005 and clubs north and south are looking forward to the ninth version starting in February.”

The draw will take place tomorrow in Dublin with games commencing in February over home and away legs with the final scheduled as a one-off match on Saturday, May 10, 2014.




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