FAI intermediate cup: draw creates series of dublin derbies

by Jonny Stapleton
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St Francis to face Kilbarrack in local blockbuster. Last season’s surprise package St Francis face off against a very familiar foe in one of the ties of the FAI Intermediate Cup first round.

Kilbarrack United, the side who have progressed through the ranks with the Hoops who managed to reach the semi-finals last season, travel to John Hyland Park and renew acquaintances with the famous cup side.

The Dublin clubs have battled at the top of numerous divisions in recent seasons and now take their rivalry into Intermediate football’s biggest cup competition.  

Kilnamanagh AFC, who have made a very impressive start to the new season, and Bangor Celtic face off in the only all-top flight clash from 15 first-round games.

There are a number of other interesting Dublin derbies including top-flight side Malahide United, who are currently looking for a new manager, versus second-tier outfit Templeogue United – the winner of which will face the winner of Dublin’s most recent Intermediate Champions St Mochta’s against Drogheda Town.

Hartstown Huntstown versus Glenville FC and 2017 winner’s Liffey Wanderers versus Dublin Bus are two more capital clashes served up by the draw, as are Rush Athletic against Collinstown and Inchicore Athletic’s battle with Glebe North.

Tolka Rovers will be looking to scalp 2019 winners and current Senior Sunday leaders Maynooth University Town and  Senior 1B league front runners Usher Celtic make their debut in the competition away to Newbridge.

Last season’s beaten finalists Bluebell United received a bye into Round 2 where they face Skerries Town. 

Reigning Senior Sunday Champions Crumlin United also secured safe passage to the second stage.

The St Francis team that  last season surpassed all expectations and will face  Kilbarrack in the FAI Inter Cup first round

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