McVey could make Charity Shield debut

McVey could make Charity Shield debut

The curtain will raise on the 2014/15 Northern Irish football season on Saturday afternoon as champions Cliftonville take on Ballymena United in the Charity Shield.

Kyle McVey, who has signed for Irish Cup runners-up Ballymena, is likely to make his debut, as could former Linfield striker Matthew Tipton.The Cup runners-up were invited to participate in the absence of winners Glenavon, who declined due to a prearranged friendly fixture in Dublin.Cliftonville are to be without former star man Liam Boyce, who joined Ross County in June but the Reds have added Johnny Flynn, James Knowles and Jude Winchester to their panel.Saturday's game kicks-off at 3pm at Solitude. Proceeds will go towards the Northern Ireland Hospice adult facility set to open in North Belfast in late 2015.It's the first Charity Shield game in Northern Ireland for 14 years, when Linfield beat Glentoran 2-0, current Ballymena boss Glenn Ferguson getting one of the goals.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)

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