Comrades target League Cup shock against Linfield

Shane McCabe is dismissed during Portadown's win over Linfield
Shane McCabe is dismissed during Portadown's win over Linfield

Ballyclare Comrades host giants Linfield on Tuesday night as the minnows take on the mighty in the first round of the Irn-Bru League Cup.

The 12 Premiership sides face junior opposition, including the Dixon Park encounter between Championship Two leaders Ballyclare and the Blues.

Holders Lisburn Distillery start their defence against Tobermore United while Glentoran welcome Killymoon Rangers.

Premiership pacesetters Portadown play Warrenpoint Town at Shamrock Park.

Ports midfielder Shane McCabe is suspended after his red-card in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Linfield.

Bans also rule out Glentoran's Jamie McGovern and Declan Caddell of Crusaders, who are home to PSNI.

There are 15 games on Tuesday night while Carrick Rangers entertain Sport & Leisure Swifts on Wednesday.

There will be live score updates from all 16 games on Ceefax page 390 and the BBC Sport NI website.

Irn-Bru League Cup first round (1945 BST kick-offs)

Tuesday 20 September

Ballyclare Comrades v Linfield

Ballymena Utd v Chimney Corner

Bangor v Annagh Utd

Cliftonville v Ards

Coleraine v Knockbreda

Crusaders v PSNI

Dergview v H&W Welders

Donegal Celtic v Wakehurst

Dungannon Swifts v Loughgall

Glenavon v Coagh Utd

Glentoran v Killymoon Rangers

Lisburn Distillery v Tobermore Utd

Newry City v Larne

Portadown v Warrenpoint Town

Ballinamallard Utd v Limavady Utd (2000)

Wednesday 21 September

Carrick Rangers v Sport & Leisure Swifts