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Linfield are set to welcome the Sky cameras for clash with Reds

By Conor McLaughlin

Linfield will make their first televised appearance of the NI Football League's new Sky Sports deal when they entertain Cliftonville next month.

David Healy's side will welcome the Reds to Windsor Park on Monday, March 13 - two days after the fixture's originally scheduled date - in one of two live match broadcasts announced by NIFL yesterday.

The following Monday, Crusaders' home clash with Ballinamallard United will also be shown live as the Seaview side close in on a third consecutive Danske Bank Premiership crown.

Cliftonville's 1-1 draw with Glentoran last Friday night marked Irish League football's return to the Sky Sports platform following a three-year absence, with Ballymena United's League Cup final victory over Carrick Rangers on Saturday completing the weekend's double-header of action.

NIFL's latest link-up with the broadcasting giant will see six matches - five Premiership fixtures and the League Cup decider - televised every year until the end of the 2021-22 campaign, with a further two games still to be screened this term.

It's understood that May's money-spinning Europa League play-off final has been earmarked to complete this season's coverage, with one other fixture - potentially the proposed Linfield-Crusaders encounter scheduled to take place immediately after the Premiership's two-way split in April - yet to be announced.

• Ex-Northern Ireland coach Stephen Robinson has returned to Motherwell.

A former member of Michael O'Neill's backroom team, Lisburn-born Robinson was appointed 'Well assistant manager in February 2015 and combined those roles until last summer when he took up the managerial reins at English League One side Oldham Athletic.

His tenure at Boundary Park ended last month, however, and Motherwell yesterday announced he was back at Fir Park and oversaw yesterday's training session.

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