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Linfield and St Pat’s are all Set to go live

Linfield’s Setanta Sports Cup showdown with St Patrick’s Athletic is to be screened live by the competition’s sponsors.

With Derry City being expelled from the cross-border tournament the Blues and St Pat’s will now go head-to-head in a home-and-away contest to see who tops the group.

The first meeting at Richmond Park will take place on Friday, February 26, with a 7.35pm kick-off and will be shown live on Setanta Ireland.

Coleraine’s home game against Bohemians the following day will kick-off at 3pm, while Cliftonville’s trip to Sligo has a 7pm start.

All that means that three Carling Premiership games — Coleraine v Institute, Cliftonville v Lisburn Distillery and Linfield v Portadown — scheduled for that weekend have to be postponed and are expected to take place the following Tuesday.

The final round of Setanta Sports Cup group matches will be played a fortnight later, when Linfield host St Pat’s in the return game, Cliftonville host Cork City and Glentoran travel to Dublin to face Bohs.

All three games will have a 5.15pm kick-off and the live television game will be decided after the penultimate round.

The Glentoran v Institute game and Cliftonville’s clash with Linfield at Solitude will therefore be moved. Again those matches are expected to be rearranged for Tuesday of the following week.

Belfast Telegraph