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Northern Ireland Football League Cup draw supplies David Jeffrey's Ballymena United with Linfield double header

By Conor McLaughlin

Having not come up against Linfield since leaving Windsor Park two-and-a-half years ago, former Blues boss David Jeffrey will take on his ex-employers twice inside four days next month.

His Ballymena United side have been handed a NI Football League Cup third round date with Linfield on Wednesday, October 12 - just days after they are scheduled to host David Healy's team on Danske Bank Premiership duty.

Jeffrey tasted League Cup success no fewer than six times during 17 trophy-laden years in the Windsor dugout but will have to negotiate a stern test against his old club - where 10 players remain since his departure at the end of the 2013/14 season - if Ballymena are to have any hope of winning the competition for the first time in their history.

One club who have had no such struggles are Cliftonville, whose quest for a fifth consecutive League Cup triumph will continue with a trip to giantkillers Annagh United, who disposed of Glentoran in last Tuesday's second round clash at Tandragee Road.

Elsewhere, Dungannon Swifts host a derby duel with Ballinamallard United, Portadown welcome Crusaders to Shamrock Park and Glenavon take on a Harland & Wolff Welders outfit they have met on Irish Cup duty in each of the last two seasons.

NI Football League Cup Third Round (October 12): Annagh United v Cliftonville, Ards v Warrenpoint Town, Armagh City v Carrick Rangers, Ballymena United v Linfield, Dungannon Swifts v Ballinamallard United, Glenavon v H&W Welders, Knockbreda v Coleraine, Portadown v Crusaders.

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