FAI intermediate cup: dublin &cork giants on collision course

Corinthian task ahead for St Mochta’s

by Jonny Stapleton
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The FAI Intermediate Cup Open Draw looks like it’s served up a mouthwatering Top of the Tables clash.

Leinster Senior League Senior Sunday league leaders St Mochta’s are on course to visit College Corinthians, who currently sit on top of the Munster Senior League Senior Premier Division.

Douglas, Cork side Corrs do have to overcome Leeds AFC this coming weekend first – but are massive favourites to do so, meaning a meeting of the two form sides in Dublin and Cork is likely.

Either way, Brian McCarthy’s Saints are heading to Cork as they battle for a place in the next round and in the hat for the preliminary round of the FAI Senior Cup.

Three other Dublin sides also face Munster Senior League opposition but do so at home.

 It’s second-tier MSL opposition for LSL Senior Sunday 1A side Drumcondra, while the leaders of that division Usher Celtic welcome either Castleview or Mayfield United to Grange Gorman.

Another LSL third-tier outfit Castleknock Celtic face Avondale, four-in-a-row winners in the early 2010s. 

Lucan versus Glebe North and Bangor Celtic versus Maynooth University Town are two interesting all-top-flight cup clashes.

Skerries Town’s reward for knocking out last season’s finalist Bluebell is an away trip to either Sacred Heart Firhouse Clover or Glenville. 

Killester Donnycarney face a potential banana skin in free-scoring Finglas United, while Kilbarrack and Ayrfiled is a clash that will draw attention.

If former winners Liffey Wanderers get past Greystones United they will play famous Donegal side Cockhill Celtic.

All fixtures are set to be played on the week ending November 20 and the winning clubs from this round will be invited to take part in the 2023 FAI Senior Cup competition.

Eoin Murphy of Rockmount AFC celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the FAI Centenary Intermediate Cup Final 2021/2022 match between Rockmount AFC and Bluebell United at Turner’s Cross in Cork.

Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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