Crusaders to start League Cup defence against Larne or Glebe

Crusaders midfielder Chris Morrow with the Irn-Bru League Cup

Crusaders will start their defence of the League Cup with a second-round clash against Glebe Rangers or Larne at Seaview on 27 August.

Linfield face Ards or Annagh United in their opener while Glentoran will take on the PSNI or Chimney Corner.

Coleraine meet Ballymoney United, Portadown play Dundela and Cliftonville are home to Moyola Park or Tobermore.

There are 10 first-round games before Premiership clubs enter the competition in the second round.

Premiership newboys Ballinamallard start against Newtownbreda or Warrenpoint Town while Glenavon await the winners of the first-round game between Sport & Leisure Swifts and Wakehurst.

The third round round will be played on 9 October, followed by the quarter-finals on 5 November, semi-finals on 11 December and the final on 26 January, 2013.

Crusaders won the trophy last season thanks to a 1-0 victory over Coleraine in the decider.

Midfielder Chris Morrow scored the only in the Ballymena Showgrounds game in January.

Irn-Bru League Cup fixtures

First round - 14 August

Ards v Annagh Utd

Banbridge Town v Queen's University

Moyola Park v Tobermore Utd

Sport & Leisure Swifts v Wakehurst

Loughgall v Lurgan Celtic

Portstewart v H&W Welders

PSNI v Chimney Corner

Knockbreda v Warrenpoint

Dergview v Ballyclare Comrades

Glebe Rangers v Larne

Second round - 27 August

Ards/Annagh Utd v Linfield

Crusaders v Glebe Rangers/Larne

Killymoon Rangers v Carrick Rangers

Glentoran v PSNI/Chimney Corner

Dergview/Ballyclare Comrades v Newry City

Ballymena Utd v Loughgall/Lurgan Celtic

Cliftonville v Moyola Park/Tobermore Utd

Portstewart/H&W Welders v Donegal Celtic

Newtownbreda/Warrenpoint Town v Ballinamallard Utd

Bangor v Armagh City

Dundela v Portadown

Banbridge Town/Queen's University v Institute

Limavady Utd v Lisburn Distillery

Sport & Leisure Swifts/Wakehurst v Glenavon

Ballymoney Utd v Coleraine

Dungannon Swifts v Coagh Utd

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