League Cup: Blues manager Healy wary of Larne upset

David Healy is aiming to guide Linfield to a first League Cup success since 2008
David Healy is aiming to guide Linfield to a first League Cup triumph since 2008

Linfield boss David Healy is predicting a stern test against Championship leaders Larne in the League Cup clash at Windsor Park.

"It will be tough game - Larne have started the season well and they will enjoy coming to Windsor," he said.

"I expect they will probably sit in and hit us on the counter-attack."

Cliftonville are chasing a fifth straight League Cup success and the Reds host Lisburn Distillery in one of 16 second-round games on Tuesday night.

Distillery have dropped down to the Intermediate League just five years after winning the competition.

Glenn Ferguson was among the top players in the side which defeated Portadown 2-1 in the decider, with David Cushley scoring the winner.

Happier times for the Whites as they celebrate winning the League Cup in 2011
Happier times for the Whites as they celebrate winning the League Cup in 2011

Premiership champions Crusaders start their League Cup challenge against Loughgall at Seaview.

Crues boss Stephen Baxter is set to give fringe players a run-out after Saturday's 2-1 win over Portadown put the north Belfast side back at the league summit.

"We will assess injuries from Saturday but the players waiting to come in are very capable with loads of Irish League experience," said Baxter.

"Whatever side takes to the pitch on Tuesday night it will be a very experienced Crusaders line-up."

Coleraine entertain Limavady Utd in a derby encounter while a busy night of fixtures also includes Glentoran travelling to take on Championship minnows Annagh United.

There will be live commentary and reports on the League Cup action on BBC Radio Ulster MW 1341 and the BBC Sport website.

Northern Ireland League Cup second round - 19:45 BST
KnockbredavLurgan Celtic (18:30)
Annagh UtdvGlentoran
ArdsvNewry City
Armagh CityvDergview
Ballinamallard UtdvDundela
Ballyclare ComradesvCarrick Rangers
Ballymena UtdvNewington YC
CliftonvillevLisburn Distillery
ColerainevLimavady Utd
CrusadersvLoughgall
Dungannon SwiftsvSport & League Swifts
GlenavonvTobermore Utd
InstitutevH&W Welders
Linfield vLarne
PortadownvDonegal Celtic
Warrenpoint TownvBanbridge Town