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Setanta Cup draw is made

Updated: Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 09:54

Will Cork City still be around to defend their Setanta Sports Cup title?
Will Cork City still be around to defend their Setanta Sports Cup title?

The draw for the 2009/10 Setanta Sports Cup was made at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown today, with the competition set to commence in late August.

Troubled Cork City were included in the draw, in spite of the fact that they may no longer be in existence by the time the competition begins.

There was no reference to Cork's dire financial situation in a press release from the FAI, or of what steps would be taken to replace them should they be unable to compete in the competition.

City were drawn in Group One, alongside fellow League of Ireland team Sligo Rovers and Cliftonville of the Irish Premier League.

Current League of Ireland Premier Division champions Bohemians are in Group Two alongside Glentoran and Coleraine, while Group Three is comprised of Linfield, Derry City and St Patrick's Athletic.

Milo Corcoran, Chairman of the Setanta Sports Cup Organising Committee, said: 'It has been a pleasure to watch this competition grow since its debut season in 2005.

'On behalf of the FAI, IFA and the clubs, I would like to thank Setanta Sports for their ongoing commitment to the competition, despite what has been a challenging few months for their own company.'

The three group winners will be joined in the semi-finals by the best placed runner-up.

Setanta Sports Cup Group 1
Cork City
Cliftonville
Sligo Rovers

Setanta Sports Cup Group 2
Bohemians
Glentoran
Coleraine

Setanta Sports Cup Group 3
Linfield
Derry City
St Patrick’s Athletic

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