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Friday 01 Oct 2021
Irish FA Harry Cavan Youth Cup set for kick off

The first round of this season’s Irish FA Harry Cavan Youth Cup, sponsored by Dale Farm Protein Milk, kicks off this weekend.

Cup holders Cliftonville Strollers will begin their defence of the U19/U18 trophy with a trip to Fermanagh to face Ballinamallard United’s U18s.

Unfortunately Institute U18s, who lost 5-1 to the Reds in last season’s decider at Mill Meadow in Castledawson, have not entered a team this time around.

But 32 teams will be vying for Northern Ireland’s premier youth trophy – and they will all be in action in the first round kicking off on Friday evening with three games. All other ties take place in Saturday 2 October. 

The heavyweight clashes in the first stage of the Dale Farm Protein Milk-backed competition involve U18 teams from NIFL Danske Bank Premiership clubs: Crusaders v Linfield Rangers and Coleraine against Ballymena United, the tie of the round.

The first round (ties kick off at 1330, 2 October unless stated)

Rosario YC U18 v Glenavon U18, 1 October (8pm)

Lisnaskea Rovers U18 v Mountjoy United

Maiden City U18 v Loughgall FC U18

Dungannon Swifts U18 v Bangor U18

Carrick Rangers U18 v Ballymoney United U18

Berlin Swifts v Ards U18

Larne Youth v Dundela U18 (2pm)

Portadown Youth v Limavady United U18

Glentoran Colts v Bangor FA U18

Crusaders U18 v Linfield Rangers

Celtic Bhoys Academy v Craigavon City U19, 1 October (8pm)

St Oliver Plunkett U18 v Moyola Park Youth

St Mary’s Newtownabbey U18/U19 v Ballyclare Comrades U18 (11am)

Coleraine U18 v Ballymena United U18 *Tie of the round* 1 October (8pm)

Ballinamallard United U18 v Cliftonville Strollers

Warrenpoint Town U18 v Fivemiletown United U19