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WASP SOLUTIONS LEAGUE CUP FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Irish league players and former players took to the field at Seaview in north Belfast to play against a GMB Union select team to support the Oscar Knox appeal. Current Linfield manager and former Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney pictured during the match.

Irish league players and former players took to the field at Seaview in north Belfast to play against a GMB Union select team to support the Oscar Knox appeal. Current Linfield manager and former Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney pictured during the match.

Linfield boss Warren Feeney will look for an immediate response when his team face Ballyclare Comrades tonight in round two of the Wasps Solutions League Cup at Dixon Park.

The Blues are still smarting from their disappointing Premier League draw at Institute at the weekend.

They looked good to reel in three points, courtesy of an Ivan Sproule first half goal, until they were ambushed by veteran defender Paddy McLaughlin late in the game.

“It’s a difficult to ask players to perform in such a short space of time . . . 48 hours after the weekend league game, so I think I’ll have to have a look at my squad,” said Feeney.

“They need a bit of time to recover, especially at this time of the season. They put their heart and soul into 90 minutes of football.

“It’s difficult to ask them to do it again in such a short time later. It shouldn’t happen.

“So it’s an opportunity to use a few boys who have been on the periphery of the squad.

“Regardless, we’ll be going there to win the game and hopefully, get the disappointment of Saturday’s result out of the system.”

Holders, Cliftonville, who have lifted the trophy for the past two years, come up against Championship Two side Wakehurst at Solitude.

The Reds will also be looking for a positive reaction after surrendering a two goal lead against Glenavon at the weekend.

“We should have been out of sight,” said Reds boss Tommy Breslin.

“I thought we had the game won, when leading 3-1. But we invited Glenavon on, we took liberties and that was asking for trouble.

“We can’t be too critical. We are only four games into the season and we are still searching for our best form.

“This is now a tournament that has been good to us for the past two years.

“We created a little piece of history last season by becoming the first Cliftonville team to retain a trophy so, even though we face lower league opposition, in the form of Wakehurst, we’ll be giving them every respect, but going out for a victory.”

Wasps Solutions League Cup, second round: Annagh United v Portadown, Ballyclare Comrades v Linfield, Ballymena United v Newington YC, Ballymoney United v Ballinamallard United, Bangor v Portstewart, Cliftonville v Wakehurst, Coleraine v Larne, Crusaders v Glebe Rangers, Dundela v Carrick Rangers, Glenavon v Lisburn Distillery, Institute v Dollingstown Knockbreda v Donegal Celtic, Loughgall v Dungannon Swifts, Moyola Park v Glentoran, PSNI v Ards, Warrenpoint Town v H&W Welders.

 

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