FAI Intermediate Cup: round of 16 draw

Five dublin sides set to reach inter last 8

by Jonny Stapleton
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The FAI Intermediate Cup quarter finals could be Dublin dominated after the last 16 draw set up a comprehensively capital scenario.

Depending on results, seven of the last eight could be Leinster Senior League sides from Dublin, with only one of the Round 4 matches not involving an Intermediate Dub outfit.

Indeed, the Leinster Senior League are guaranteed five quarter-final participants, three of which will be Intermediate sides from the capital.

It’s a case of clash of the capitals in two of the ties of the round.

St Mochtas welcome Ringmahon Rangers to Porterstown and Usher Celtic host Rockmount in the round’s two Dublin versus Cork crackers.

The Saints are currently leading the way in LSL Senior Sunday while Ringmahon are in the title race in the best division the Munster Senior League has to offer.

Usher are not  a top flight side but are flying in Senior 1A and have a talented upset capable squad. As a result they won’t fear the holders and may even fancy their chances at Grange Gorman.

Another lower league side with upset capabilities, Kilbarrack United are one half of one of many mouth-watering last 16 ties.

Ross Carrig’s Senior Sunday 1 leaders take on one of the favourites for the competition in Killester Donnycarney, meaning recent Irish Amateur International teammates Stephen Chambers and Sam Burgess of Killester and Aaron Humphries and Deric Hyland of United will battle against rather than with each other.

This season cup scalp specialists Skerries Town will ditch the underdog tag as the take on Portlaoise AFC.

Unlike last season’s beaten finalist Bluebell United and reigning Senior Sunday champions Crumlin United, who Skerries knocked out of the Intermediate and Metro Cup respectively, the Laois side are Town’s divisional inferiors, meaning they face a different kind of test away from home in the latter stages of amateur footballs blue ribbon Cup contest.

It’s a similar case for top flight side Bangor Celtic who play Willow Park for a quarter spot.

Two of Dublins most famous clubs also meet for a place in the last eight. Former League of Ireland teams Home Farm and Drumcondra meet in Whitehall.

Senior Sunday 1 side St Patrick’s CY await the winner of regular rivals Lucan United versus Glebe while the remaining tie is a Cork v Donegal encounter between Avondale United and Cockhill Celtic.

Featured Image: Action from St Mochta’s Senior Sunday clash with Crumlin. Photo: Martin Doherty

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