lfa leinster senior cup: usher, kilbarrack, sheriff through

by Jonny Stapleton
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The Dublin clubs left in the Leinster Senior Cup could get to test themselves against League of Ireland opposition if they navigate their way through Round 2 next month.

Kilbarrack United’s Saturday side, the winner of an interesting clash between UCFL’s sole representation VEC FC and Usher Celtic, Oliver Bond and Sheriff YC’s over 35s will compete in the second round of the oldest cup competition in Irish football across the weekend of October 2.

Progress to the next round and they could secure a glamour tie with one of 11 LOI sides after it was confirmed some of the country’s biggest clubs will make a return to the competition.

League of Ireland Clubs have opted out of the competition in recent years and it remained unsure as to whether any sides from the Premier or First Division would return this season.

However, it was last week confirmed that the 11 Leinster-based League of Ireland clubs will join the competition in round three alongside five remaining non-league sides.  

Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne, Bohemians St Patrick’s Athletic, Bray Wanderers, Drogheda United, Dundalk, Longford Town, Athlone Town, UCD and Wexford will all compete for the first time since 2019.

There will be at least one Dublin amateur representative in the third round as VEC FC play the winner of Sherriff’s over 35 and Usher Celtic’s inner-city derby.

Standing between Oliver Bond, who lost to away to Derry City in the FAI Senior Cup this year, and a place in the third round are Suncroft AFC of Kildare. 

Last season’s Leinster Junior Cup finalists Kilbarrack United’s Saturday side have to a tricky away game against Carlow’s New Oak Boys in the second round of the prestigious contest.

LFA Senior Cup Second Round:

New Oak Boys v Kilbarrack United 

VEC FC or Usher Celtic v Sheriff 

North End United  v Evergreen FC 

St Peters v Gorey Rangers

Oliver Bond Celtic  v 

Suncroft AFC 

Liam Holland, Joe Cullen, Carl Folwer and Gayle Cullen present the cup at the Clock Pub on Thomas Street after the local Street Traders defeated Garda in the annual local friendly clash

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