Belfast Telegraph

Championship: Around The Grounds, August 15

By Keith Bailie

Knockbreda will be one of 11 Belfast Telegraph Championship One sides who will be in the hat for Monday's County Antrim Shield draw. They will join Ards, Ballyclare Comrades, Bangor, Carrick Rangers, Donegal Celtic, Dundela, Harland & Wolff Welders, Larne, Lisburn Distillery and PSNI in the first round draw, along with Premiership sides Ballymena United, Cliftonville, Crusaders, Glentoran and Linfield. The matches are due to be played on Tuesday, September 23.

Portstewart's game against Bangor in the Second Round of the WASP Solutions League Cup Second Round on August 25, has been switched to Clandeboye Park as Seahaven does not have floodlights. Dollingstown's first ever League Cup game against Institute has been switched to the Riverside for the same reason. Newington's game against Ballymena United will be at The Showgrounds, as Crusaders are playing Glebe Rangers at Seaview. PSNI's game against Ards and Dundela's match against Carrick Rangers will kick-off at 6.30pm, as neither side has an available floodlight ground.

Tobermore United’s famous old Fortwilliam Park ground is currently under-going some maintenance work. As a result the Championship Two club have switched their first four home fixtures of the season and they will not return to their traditional home until late October.

Chimney Corner's absence from Championship Two means each club will have two free weeks this year. It also means two teams will be relegated rather than the initial three. The 14 placed club will be saved from the drop if no non-league team reaches NIFL criteria, but the 15 placed team will be relegated regardless.

Ards have signed 34 year-old centre back John Convery from Amateur League 1C side Portaferry Rovers. The Celtic youth academy graduate spent eight years at Portadown before playing for Cliftonville and Glenavon. In 2012 he quit Irish League football to concentrate on his hurling career, although he did turn out for his local football club Portaferry.

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