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Sky Sports cameras set for Glentoran for first live Irish League game of the season

The first Danske Bank Premiership game to be broadcast live on Sky Sports this season will be from the Oval.

The cameras will roll into East Belfast on Monday October 2 as Glentoran take on Crusaders (kick-off 7.45pm).

A new deal between the Irish League and the broadcaster was announced in February and runs until the end of the 2021/22 season. Five league games will be shown across each season of the deal, as well as the Northern Ireland League Cup final.

"This is fantastic news for fans of Irish League football and I am delighted that the Danske Bank Premiership and the NI League Cup final will be back on Sky Sports," said NIFL managing director Andrew Johnston when the deal was announced.

"The coverage that Sky provide is a fantastic platform to promote our league, our clubs and our players to a wider audience of football fans across the UK and around the world. I would like to place on record our appreciation of the assistance provided by the Irish FA and UEFA in developing this agreement.

"Since the formation of the NIFL we have worked hard with our clubs, sponsors and media partners to develop and enhance the competitive structure and excitement of the League and I believe that Sky Sports customers will enjoy the passion, honesty and commitment of our clubs.

"Having averaged over three goals per game to date this season I believe viewers will not be left disappointed."

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