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SOMETHING GIVES AS INTERMEDIATE HEAVYWEIGHTS COLLIDE AT AVIVA

Crumlin Utd v Avondale Utd, Aviva Stadium, Sat, 2pm

They have dominated the FAI Intermediate Cup for over a decade, they have shared ten titles between them, but on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium Avondale United and Crumlin United aim to add a new chapter to the same old story. 

The Dale won six national titles in eight years, including that remarkable four in a row of titles between 2011 and 2014. At their peak few teams that could live with them, they were simply out there on their own. 

Crumlin, though, have been a thorn in their side. In 2010, the Blues defeated the Dale in Dalymount Park as Martin Loughran’s side went on to lift an unprecedented quadruple. 

That defeat sparked off Avondale’s four in a row reign, only for Crumlin to comeback and haunt them in 2015 by ending the Cork side’s record breaking drive for five. The Dale’s four in a row matched Distillery’s achievement in the 1940s. 

Crumlin went on to claim the first of their Aviva victories that season and returned to the venue to following season, defeating the Dale in a mud bath along the way, to make it back to back titles. 

Neither have been in an intermediate final since, but come Saturday whatever way the result goes – the old world order will be reinstated. 

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