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Coleraine to offer Croly his first test

TREVOR CROLY will have home advantage for his first real test as Shamrock Rovers manager following the draw for the Setanta Sports Cup.

Croly, who took over as Hoops boss last month, will take charge of the side in a competitive game for the first time when they face Coleraine in the first leg of their first round clash in February.

St Patrick's Athletic have been drawn against Belfast opposition once again as they've been paired with Glentoran -- Belfast outfit Cliftonville knocked Saints out of the competition in the first-round in the last two seasons -- with Pats drawn at home in the first leg.

Cork City face a long trek to face Cliftonville, while former Shamrock Rovers man Gary Twigg will get to take on some familiar faces as his Portadown side have been drawn to play Drogheda United.


Cork City v Cliftonville; Shamrock Rovers v Coleraine; St Patrick's Athletic v Glentoran; Drogheda United v Portadown.

Ties to be played on February 11th and 18th.

Bohs check out Rossiter

BOHEMIANS could make an attempt to re-sign midfielder Mark Rossiter.

The Sligo native left Bohs at the end of the 2011 season and joined St Patrick's Athletic, but he made only three league appearances last term after suffering a knee injury and is now out of contract.

Pats boss Liam Buckley has spoken to Rossiter about a new deal but Bohs manager Aaron Callaghan is also keen to speak to the defender. Pats have already re-signed some key members of last season's squad but the futures of Rossiter, Aidan Price and Vinny Faherty remain up in the air.