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Doherty returning to bolster Crusaders midfield

Eamon Doherty has agreed to come out of retirement to help Crusaders in their hour of need.

The Crues are short of a quality midfielder after Ryan McCann broke his leg at Warrenpoint Town on Saturday.

Doherty quit the Crues in the summer and decided to hang up his boots but Seaview supremo Stephen Baxter has persuaded the former Derry City skipper to lend his shoulder to the wheel again.

It’s a huge boost to the Shore Road side who will miss a player of McCann’s calibre.

Meanwhile, junior sides have failed to get the better of the big guns in the Co-operative Insurance Cup so far, but the giant-killing could start in the third round. Premier League clubs will resume hostilities in the competition after being drawn to face each other but Institute, Ards, Loughgall and Carrick Rangers will hope to spring surprises.

Institute travel to Lisburn Distillery, Ards visit Ballymena United, Loughgall travel to Crusaders and Carrick Rangers take on Portadown at Shamrock Park.

Co-operative Insurance Cup Round Three Draw (Saturday, October 23): Glentoran v Dungannon Swifts; Institute v Lisburn Distillery; Glenavon v Cliftonville; Newry City v Linfield; Coleraine v Donegal Celtic; Ballymena United v Ards; Crusaders v Loughgall; Portadown v Carrick Rangers.

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