Glenavon edge closer to sealing Kyle Buckley's signature
Glenavon are closing in on the signing of Ards left-back Kyle Buckley.
The Glentoran youth product joined the North Down men from Ballyclare Comrades in the summer, but Gary Hamilton is hoping to persuade the 24-year-old to sign for the Mourneview Park club before the transfer window closes.
Buckley can also play in the centre of midfield, which is where he starred for Harry McConkey's amateur international side in this summer's Uefa Regions Cup.
If Buckley joins the Lurgan Blues he will be re-united with his former Dixon Park colleague Joel Cooper, who was recently called into the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad.
Ards are preparing to face Amateur League 1B outfit Rosario at Ulidia Playing Fields in the Steel & Sons Cup tomorrow without Buckley.
The tie of the second round is unquestionably the clash between Darren Lockhart's Dundela and Gary Smyth's H&W Welders. The two former Glentoran stars will be aiming to claim glory in the east Belfast derby. Another derby sees Amateur League champions Ards Rangers play 1A club Comber Rec at Drome Park.
Elsewhere in the second round, Larne travel to Chimney Corner, Glentoran Seconds host Mossley, Linfield Swifts face Immaculata on the Grosvenor Road and Lisburn Distillery host Knockbreda in the only all-Championship One clash of the round.
Bangor, who are not competing in this season's Steel & Sons Cup, have parted company with two of their summer signings, with former Institute man Aaron Walsh and ex-Crusaders winger Eamonn McAllister leaving the club.