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UCFL clubs paired up for cup semi-finals

By JOHN MOONEY

THE Conservative Club was the venue last Monday night when the UCFL made the draws for their Cup semi finals. Four draws were made on the night and they were the Challenge Cup, sponsored by O’Neills.com, MMI Cup, Richard Knight Cup and Sidney Bedlow Cup.

Apart from the Challenge Cup, which will be played on a neutral venue, the first team drawn out of the hat for the other three semis will have home advantage.

In the O’Neill’s.com Challenge Cup there is an all Premier Division clash as VEC will face Harding IF FC. VEC are chasing a treble of League, Challenge and Knight Cups but Harding have turned a corner recently and they could prove to be a tough nut to crack.

In the second semi final high flying Division 1 outfit Drumcondra AFC will face Division 2 promotion hopefuls Atletico Malahide.

Drums will be hoping to go one better this term after Portmarnock knocked them out at this stage last season.

The Richard Knight Cup sees three Premier Division and one from Division 1 in the last four. VEC will be happy enough facing Premier Division leaders Coolock Village on home soil, but this will be hard to call as there has been little between the two all season.

South William Street Celtic will take on Aston Village in Ringsend Park and Derek Donoghue’s charges will be wary of a team a lower division as they know that it will be who performs on the day.

The MMI Cup sees Atletico Malahide take on Swords Manor. This could be a hum-dinger as both have designs on promotion to Division 1, but the thoughts of adding a cup at the end of the season would be something to relish.

The second semi sees either Dunshaughlin Youths, Oldbury FC or Castle Celtic FC 2nds gaining home advantage over Tallaght United.

Finally in the Sidney Bedlow Cup we could see a really great final if both Division 3 leaders Tallaght United make it through their clash with Castle Celtic 2nds and Division 3A’s St Maelruans overcome Arthur Griffith Parks 2nds making it an all Tallaght affair.

But in all the above it who performs on the day that matters as league form usually goes out the window, so the best of luck to all involved.

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