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Which non-Premiership teams are planning to accept the Irish Cup invitation and which will sit this year out?

 

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Crusaders' Michael Ruddy and Ballinamallard's Darragh McBrien (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)

Crusaders' Michael Ruddy and Ballinamallard's Darragh McBrien (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)

Crusaders' Michael Ruddy and Ballinamallard's Darragh McBrien (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)

As 20 participants from outside the Premiership weigh up their Irish Cup options, Steven Beacom and Alex Mills find out which clubs intend to take part and who will be turning down the Irish FA’s invitation.

Conor Crossan (Manager, Newington)

There is no point in rushing into any decision just yet.

We will talk with the players and the committee. If the NI Executive don't let us back to train until the middle of April, then there would be no point playing in the competition. It all depends on when we'll be back training and the availability of friendly games we can arrange.


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