Killester’s Cherry on top

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THE first round of the FAI Senior Cup took place this past week with a number of Dublin non-league sides showing a key interest, especially when it comes to the all-Dublin derby of Killester United versus Cherry Orchard.
The draw took place on Monday evening at FAI Headquarters in Abbotstown where eight fixtures were produced, while three sides – inclusive of Firhouse Clover and Sheriff YC – all received byes for the first round of the competition.
League of Ireland clubs from the Premier and First Divisions won’t enter the competition until the next round, however already some intriguing ties were pulled out of the pot on Monday.
St John Bosco face off against Janesboro, while Crumlin United have drawn Wicklow side Greystones United.
Elsewhere sees Bluebell United make the trip to Cork-based side Carrigaline United. Bluebell are off the back of a momentous Leinster Senior Cup victory over League of Ireland side Cabinteely on Monday night.
Graham Zambra’s extra-time winner dumped Eddie Gormley’s side out of the competition following a hard-fought 90 minutes of normal time where neither side could break the deadlock.
On drawing Carrigaline, Bluebell United boss Andy Noonan said his side would be focussing their initial efforts on their league fixture versus Firhouse Clover this week following a poor run of form in the Leinster Senior Division Sunday.
Their league opposition Firhouse Clovers received a bye in the first round of this year’s FAI Cup. They were knocked out of the competition at Dalymount Park back in May following a spirited showing in their 4-1 defeat to Bohemians.
Sheriff YC, too, received a bye having provided the sparkling underdog narrative in last year’s FAI Cup. They progressed through two rounds, beating UCD 3-1 in Belfield while bringing fellow League of Ireland side Athlone Town to a replay which they won dramatically on penalties.
The undoubted standout tie of the opening round comes in the all-Dublin pairing of Killester United and Cherry Orchard however.
Killester defied all odds in making it through to the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup last year, defeating both Dunboyne AFC and Cobh Ramblers 3-0 before hammering Tolka Rovers 4-0 in the third round.
They were unlucky to go down 2-0 at the Carlisle Grounds to Bray Wanderers in the final eight, but garnered unified recognition and admiration across the league for their impressive journey.
Matches for the first round of the FAI Cup will be played on the weekend of April 10 with any replays required taking place on the weekend of April 24. The winners of the eight ties and the four teams who received byes will advance to the second round where they will be joined by the 20 SSE Airtricity League clubs.

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