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BBC Sport NI set to broadcast live Irish League games

Stephen Baxter lifts the Gibson Cup after Crusaders clinched the title on the final day last season
Stephen Baxter lifts the Gibson Cup after Crusaders clinched the title on the final day last season

Irish League football is to be shown live on terrestrial TV for the first time.

A new deal will see 10 Danske Bank Premiership matches and three Tennent's Irish Cup ties - including the final - broadcast by BBC Northern Ireland.

The deal -announced today - will run for three seasons.

The first live game will be the North Belfast derby between Crusaders and Cliftonville at Seaview on October 5.

That will be followed by Glenavon's trip to the Ballymena Showgrounds on November 2 and Coleraine's tie with Newry City on November 30.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed in June that Irish League matches were set to be broadcast on the BBC.

The BBC's agreement with the Irish Football Association and Northern Ireland Football League was announced at Windsor Park.

Coverage of the October 5 game will be presented by Stephen Watson with commentary from Thomas Kane.

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