Setanta cup came close to extinction - Corcoran
Milo Corcoran, the head of the Setanta Cup organising committee, has revealed how close the competition came to disappearing.
Minus a sponsor until October -- when Setanta stepped back in with a three-year commercial commitment, the cross-border tournament received a further blow on Monday, when both Linfield and Cliftonville withdrew.
"By October, we had everything sorted, but a month or so earlier, we were close to losing it," said Corcoran.
"Linfield and Cliftonville's absences are further disappointments, but what can you do? This is the Setanta Cup's ninth year. It is far from over as a concept. Setanta are here for another three years and we are looking for an additional sponsor."
Holders Shamrock Rovers have been drawn to play Glentoran in next season's competition, which will run on a two-legged knock-out format. Crusaders meet Sligo Rovers; Dundalk face Coleraine and newcomers Ballinamallard United face League of Ireland champions St Pat's.