A repeat of last year’s Intermediate Cup semi-final between Maynooth University Town and Crumlin United was the pick of the pairings in this afternoon’s draw, held at the FAI Domestic Committe meeting in Abbotstown.
On this occasion it will be Martin Loughran’s Crumlin who will have home advantage, but it’s a tough game to call with Maynooth currently fifth and the hosts ninth as the two Senior division sides go head-to-head in a mouth-watering cup tie.
By EAMON SCOTT
Last season’s semi-final game proved to be one of the best matches of the grassroots season with Jake Donnelly gabbing the headlines with a dramatic late, late winner. If this season’s meeting is half as good, it’ll also be a cracker.
Elsewhere College Corinthians of the Munster Senior League face a mammoth trip to Dry Arch Park in Donegal to take on Shaun McGinley’s Bonagee United – an eight hundred and fifty kilometre round trip which each way will take close to six hours travel time. Good luck with that one!
Malahide, riding high in third place in the Senior Division will have a much shorter trip to take when they visit third placed Senior 1 side Home Farm in Whitehall. It’ll be a return to the scene of their Charlie Cahill Cup success over Crumlin United last term but Home Farm are playing some decent football this season under John Hand and accounted for UCC last time out in this competition.
Meanwhile, Collinstown v Ballymun or St Mochtas and Killester Donnycarney versus Sacred Heart Firhouse Clover or Liffey Wanderers ensures ultimate progress for two LSL sides in this season’s campaign.
The full draw is as follows: