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Setanta Sports Cup tournament to be revamped for 2011

Linfield manager David Jeffrey
Linfield manager David Jeffrey has expressed support for the Setanta Sports Cup

The Setanta Sports Cup is set for a major revamp next season, with the tournament being expanded and played as a knockout competition.

The Organising Committee have unveiled plans to expand the number of clubs in the competition to twelve.

The 2011 Setanta Sports Cup will kick off in February and conclude in May and will be played over four rounds, each round over two legs, except the final.

Six Airtricity League and six Carling Premiership teams will take part.

Clubs who finish in the top four positions in the Airtricity League and Premiership will be invited to participate, along with the winners of both major domestic cup competitions.

The first round will commence in early February, with eight clubs taking part in that stage of the tournament.

The two league champions, FAI Ford Cup winners and JJB Sports Cup winners will receive byes into the quarter-final stage.

Milo Corcoran, Chairman of the Setanta Sports Cup Organising Committee said he believed the knockout format "will add even greater excitement to the tournament".

St Patrick's Athletic and Bohemians will contest the final of this year's tournament on 15 May.

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