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Irn-Bru Cup gives our young talent chance to sparkle, insists Beverland

By Billy Weir

The Irn-Bru Cup can give local talent a chance to shine in the shop window according to Crusdaders defender Howard Beverland.

Crusaders play host to Motherwell Under-20s in the second round of the fledgling competition today and hot on the heels of Paul Smyth clinching his dream move to full-time football across the water, local talent will get the chance to show their wares.

While Beverland, a veritable veteran of the local game at 27 feels his chance may be behind him, others could seize the chance to impress 'Well, who are coached by a man well known to local football fans, Northern Ireland hero Stephen Craigan.

"It is good for those players that are that are a bit younger, the likes of Gavin Whyte who have the chance to impress," said Beverland,

"You never know who is watching those type of games and obviously while it's not Motherwell's full team,there will be coaches there who could take good reports away about a Crusaders player.

"But the main objective is to win the match, especially with home advantage, because winning is a habit and keeps momentum going well regardless of who it is against.

"It's a break from the league and it's a different competition from what we're used to and we're going to go our and try as progress as far as we can.

"We have a big squad this season and it's important that every squad we put out is well capable of winning and certainly competing. We'd like to progreee, we's a wee taste of it last season when we drew Livingston.

"You have that big squad for the purpose of competing across all competitions so we'll be giving it a go."

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