Friday, September 25, 2009

McLaughlin out of CIS Cup clash

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LIMAVADY Utd will today learn where their next CIS Insurance Cup match will be played.

At the time of going to press United's opponents for the second round of the CIS Insurance Cup were still unknown.

Carrick Rangers and Ballyclare Comrades were due to play their first round second leg game last night (Tuesday) after it had been postponed twice for floodlight problems.

Carrick hold a one goal advantage after winning the first leg three two at Dixon Park earlier this month and are favourites to progress.

However that's not the only problem for United at the moment. The game may well switched to the Showgrounds because of ground sharing issues with other clubs.

This will only be decided this morning (Wednesday) at a meeting at the IFA so the club should know this afternoon who their opponents are.

United have already beaten Ballyclare this year when they defeated them 4-0 on the opening day of the season at Dixon Park.

The Comrades are currently tenth in the IFA Championship and suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Loughgall last Saturday.

Carrick are currently seventh in the league and have produced several good results recently. They hammered neighbours Bangor recently and stunned Ards last Saturday with a two one victory away from home.

Roesiders manager Oran Kearney will be preparing his side the same way no matter who their opponents are on Saturday.

"We will be preparing the way we normally would for any other game no matter who we will be playing," said Kearney.

He added: "We will know come training on Thursday who we will be playing anyway so it won't put us off at all.

"I will be looking to continue our fine goal-scoring record in this game and will be looking to take a lead into the second leg.

"If we can keep a clean sheet in the first leg as well then that would be a massive bonus as well. We are playing well and that's what we want to continue."

Going into the game Ryan McLaughlin is definitely missing and is expected to be out for another six weeks with a fractured cheek bone.

Vincent Sweeney has returned to full fitness and did return to the squad for last Saturday's game against Armagh City.