Louis Rooney nets debut hat-trick in Northern Ireland League Cup

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Linfield striker Louis Rooney scored a hat-trick on his debut

By Q Radio Sport

There were 16 second round ties in the Northern Ireland League Cup last night, with all the Danske Bank Premiership teams eventually going through.

Linfield beat Lisburn Distillery 6-0 at Windsor Park, sub Louis Rooney scoring a 10-minute hat-trick on his debut:

Louis Rooney on scoring a hat-trick

The Northern Ireland under-21 international signed from Plymouth Argyle last week was born in England but is the son of a lifelong Blueman:

Rooney on his family connections to Linfield

Meanwhile, Cliftonville have also added to their firepower, Rory Donnelly rejoining the club after almost six years across the water with clubs including Swansea and Gillingham.

The 25-year-old watched at Solitude as his brother Jay scored twice in the Reds' 4-0 cup win over Banbridge Town.

Glens Boss Gary Haveron on the injury to John McGuigan

Glentoran needed extra-time to beat Loughgall at Lakeview Park, John McGuigan got the goal in a 1-0 win but was then stretchered off.

Here's the Glens manager Gary Haveron:

Loughgall boss Dean Smith was manager of Annagh United last season and masterminded their shock League Cup win over the Glens.

He's disappointed there wasn't a repeat performance with his new club:

Loughgall boss Dean Smith

Mark Sykes hit a hat-trick in Glenavon's 5-1 win over Donegal Celtic.

Holders Ballymena beat visiting Knockbreda 3-0 to register their first victory of the season while Coleraine maintained their 100 per cent start with a 4-1 home win against Larne. 

Meanwhile, Ballinamallard were taken to penalties by Tobermore at Ferney Park - the shoot-out finished 8-7 to the relieved Premiership side.

Northern Ireland League Cup second round results:

Ards    5-0    Queen's University
Ballinamallard United    0-0 AET    Tobermore United
(Ballinamallard won 8-7 on penalties)        
Ballyclare Comrades    2-0    Newington YC
Ballymena United    3-0    Knockbreda
Carrick Rangers    3-0    Dergview
Cliftonville    4-0    Banbridge Town
Coleraine    4-1    Larne
Crusaders    2-1    Dundela
Glenavon    5-1    Donegal Celtic
Limavady United    0-1    PSNI
Linfield    6-0    Lisburn Distillery
Loughgall    0-1 AET    Glentoran
Moyola Park    1-1 AET    Institute
Institute won 7-6 on penalties        
Newry City    0-4    Dungannon Swifts
Portadown    3-2    H&W Welders
Warrenpoint Town    4-1    Lurgan Celtic

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