Belfast Telegraph

Bangor big favourites in derby showdown

By Keith Bailie

Garth Scates' Bangor side will kick-off their Steel & Sons Cup campaign tomorrow (2.30pm) with a short journey to Seapark in Holywood.

The 2011 winners take on Raymond Alexander's Holywood FC in the second round of the prestigious competition.

The tie should be real David versus Goliath affair, with five divisions separating the two North Down sides.

The Amateur League 1B outfit have lost their opening four fixtures, conceding 17 goals in the process.

Bangor, on the other hand, are fourth in the Belfast Telegraph Championship, having put four goals past both Donegal Celtic and Larne in recent weeks.

Holywood boss Alexander said: "I'm a little apprehensive, but it should be a great occasion for Holywood FC. We're hoping that a good crowd will come down to Seapark for the game.

"As a coach, I spent a year in the late 90s as manager of Bangor's youth team, so I've plenty of respect for them as a club.

"I think Andy Morrow is one of the best footballers outside of the Premiership, and it will be a great challenge to face him and his team. We've a very young squad, so we're just looking to give a good account of ourselves."

Lisburn Distillery's David Wright will face his old side Bloomfield at New Grosvenor.

Larne welcome famous giant killers Killyleagh YC to Inver Park, while just down the road Newington Rangers host Harland & Wolff Welders.

Last season's beaten semi-finalists Ballyclare Comrades travel to Amateur League side 1st Bangor, while Dundela will play Bangor Swifts at St Columbanus College.

Spike Hill's Glentoran Seconds face fellow east Belfast side Sirocco Works. The Glens' reserve team won last season's competition, only to be stripped of the trophy for fielding an ineligible player.

Linfield Swifts face FC Ballynure, while Cliftonville Olympic take on Larne Tech Old Boys.

Carrick Rangers host Crusaders Reserves tonight (6.30pm).

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