The two 'in form' teams at the moment in the Danske Bank Irish Premier League, Crusaders and Linfield, will lock horns in the 2013 County Antrim Shield Final on the 3rd December 2013.

David Jeffery's Linfield side, sitting pretty at the top of the Irish League, booked their place in the final with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Cliftonville, at home, on Tuesday 29th October. A George McMullan own goal and a Matthew Tipton effort put the Blues 2-0 up. Carvill made it 3 before former Glentoran striker Andy Waterworth added a fourth. McMullan redeemed himself somewhat with a late goal for the Reds, but it was too little too late in a game somewhat overshadowed by the sectarian abuse from the stands.

Cliftonville had defeated Glentoran 3-0 with ease in the Quarter Final to make the Windsor Park clash, whilst Linfield overcame Ards at the same venue.

Across town, Crusaders booked their place in the final thanks to a 78th minute Chris Morrow strike against the Co.Antrim Shield holders, Ballymena United.

Glenn Ferguson's side had the better of the play, with Cushley missing a fabulous chance at the start of the second 45 to put the holders in front. It wasn't to be for the Sky Blues however, who had defeated Donegal Celtic 1-0 thanks to David Cushley's header in the previous round, and so Stephen Baxter's men booked their spot in the Shield showdown.

The North Belfast Hatchetmen have still to concede a goal in this years competition. They fired 3 past Lisburn Distillery in the Quarter Final, with Matthew Snoddy netting twice, either side of a Stuart Thompson strike.

The final of the competition, which has been played down in recent years as "minor" will be the next big game on both these side's calendar, but the question is, does the County Antrim Shield mean anything to these clubs?

The answer effectively is no. I sat in the box at Glentoran's 3-0 defeat to Cliftonville and unfortunately, the crowd was dismal. To those who didn't turn up, "it was only the 'bin lid'". How can we bring people through the gates for this competition? For me, re-brand it.

Only 8 teams compete in it, and you can have the trophy won in 270 minutes of football. Its largely similar in the North-West Cup or the Mid-Ulster. If they were combined into a group stages competition, would it work better? But then again, we did experience that with the CIS Cup a few years back, and we couldn't wait to get rid of that.

The debate on whether the County Antrim Shield should be laid to rest or not has been circling Irish League terraces for years. It will probably go on for a few yet. I would be on the bandwagon that looks for the competition to re-brand and change it's format.

Though one thing is for sure - with the Setanta Sports All-Ireland Cup on the way out, and the Gold and City Cup's long in the ground, we certainly aren't in the position to dump the County Antrim Shield.... But maybe we should change it. Food for thought. Let me know what you think.