Bannsiders Welcome Scottish Minows, Whilst Crues Travel To Queen of the South!!!
The second round draw for the Irn-Bru Scottish Challenge Cup took place this lunch-time, with Irish League representatives Coleraine and Crusaders eager to find out who they would be facing in the multi-regional.
Now in it’s third season of inviting teams from outside of Scotland to participate, this seasons edition will see English clubs compete for the first time – National League sides Sutton United and Boreham Wood flying the flag of St. George.
But our eyes were firmly focused on numbers 5 and 6, and it was Coleraine who were the first of the Northern Irish sides to emerge from the bowl – drawn at home to Scottish Highland League side, Formartine United. Oran Kearney’s men, flying high in the early stages of the Danske Bank Premiership, will fancy their chances of progression to round three with what is a favourable draw.
The Crues will have to do it the hard way however, with supporters having to take the short trip from the Shore Road to the Docks. Yes, they’re off on the Stena Line, a day trip to Queen of the South in store for the league champions.
Other Irish interest saw Bohemians drawn to play Peterhead way up North, in the Highlands. Sligo Rovers will have to bide their time to learn their opponents. They will face the winners of last week’s abandoned first round fixture between Forfar and Livingstone.
Matches are scheduled to be played over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of September.