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Monday 27 Jul 2020
E-programmes feature interviews with managers and captains of Irish Cup semi-finalists

The Irish Football Association has produced digital matchday programmes for today’s Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup semi-finals at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

The two e-programmes feature interviews with the managers and captains of each of the semi-finalists.

The first of the last four games being staged today (27 July) is a derby clash between Ballymena United and Coleraine, which kicks off at 4pm.

In the programme Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey says he knows his side will have to be at their best to have any chance of reaching the final on Friday (31 July).

He points out Coleraine have “quality all around the pitch”, although he insists his players will be up for the challenge, adding that their commitment and effort has been first class since returning to training.

And Coleraine manager Oran Kearney says: “Ballymena United are very strong opposition and have had an unfortunate season with injuries in particular. The majority of the players are still there from the squad that finished second in the league last season. That is the best indication of how tough a task it will be. They have plenty of star players who will need to be watched carefully.”

Game two will see an all-Belfast tussle at the National Football Stadium between Cliftonville and Glentoran, with an 8pm start.

In the digital programme Cliftonville boss Paddy McLaughlin says: “Glentoran are a strong team who have improved as the season has progressed. Mick (McDermott) will have them well schooled. They have good players in all departments.”

And Glens head coach McDermott points out: “Cliftonville are a talented team led by a talented manager in Paddy McLaughlin. We have the utmost respect for them and will prepare accordingly.”

BBC Sport NI is broadcasting both semi-finals and the final on Friday live across BBC Two NI television, online, iPlayer and BBC Radio Ulster. 

You can download both matchday programmes, designed by Minprint, below.

Ballymena United v Coleraine

View matchday programme

Cliftonville v Glentoran

View matchday programme