Draw for first round of Setanta Sports Cup announced

The draw for the first round of the 2012 Setanta Sports Cup has been made today.

The draw was carried out by Glenavon player-manager Gary Hamilton and former St Patrick’s Athletic midfielder Stuart Byrne at Aviva Stadium.

The draw is as follows: Bray Wanderers V Glentoran, Bohemians V Portadown, Lisburn Distillery V Derry City and Cliftonville V St. Patrick’s Athletic,

The first legs to be played February 13, second legs to be played February 20.

The four winners to emerge from the first round will join the four seeded clubs, last year’s winners Shamrock Rovers, Crusaders, Linfield and Sligo Rovers in the quarter-final draw, the draw for which will take place on February 20.

Quarter-final first-leg ties will be played on March 5 and second-leg ties on 20 March 20.

The prize fund will remain the same as last year with €50,000 for the winners, €30,000 for the runners up, €15,000 for each of the defeated semi-finalists, €10,000 for each of the defeated quarter finalists and €7,500 for clubs defeated in round one.

Milo Corcoran, chairman of the Setanta Sports Cup Organising Committee said: “I thank Setanta Sports for their ongoing commitment to the competition and everyone from the FAI and IFA who gives it support.

“This year’s competition will use the same format that proved very successful with participating clubs, officials, and fans alike last season. The quality of clubs involved should make for a very interesting competition this year.”

Colin Morgan, CEO Setanta Ireland: “As sponsors and broadcasters of the 2012 tournament we are delighted to be embarking on another year of our involvement.

“We are proud to have played a role in the creation of the competition in 2005 and this year we are really looking forward to the second year of the new changes introduced by the organising committee in 2011.

“The Setanta Sports Cup is a unique event with a unique atmosphere and we are proud for it to sit our alongside our other premium sports content. Our thanks to the organising committee and best wishes to all involved.”

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