HOLDERS Greenhills College face the toughest possible start in their bid to retain the Umbro John Murphy Leinster Senior B Cup, as St Kevin's Community College get a crack at revenge.
Clondalkin school St Kevin's were edged out 2-1 by Greenhills in last year's provincial showpiece in Leixlip but have not had to wait long to try and make amends in their upcoming second round clash.
Despite earning a 1-0 Metropolitan League success over Greenhills within weeks of the final, Kevin's will be looking to settle a score.
This clash will be a first game of the competition for both sides, after Kevin's received a bye in the first round to progress to the match that could define this year's tournament.
The one positive for the home side's chance of reversing last season's result is the fact that only one of the Greenhills starting 11 from the final remains -- midfielder John Mahon -- while Kevin's have kept the majority of their attacking unit.
Another side with a wealth of experience are 2010 champions Coláiste de híde, who await the winner in the quarter-finals. The Tallaght school were knocked out in the opening round of their defence last year but put seven goals past Blanchardstown Youthreach this time.
Incredibly, four players from the 2010 success remain. One is captain Dein O'Droanain, who grabbed a well taken hat-trick in that seven-goal win.
One side who could upset the established order this year and turn a few heads are St Paul's SS of Monasterevin, who put eight goals past Wilson's Hospital School without reply to reach the last eight.
O'Fiaich College, Dundalk, will present St Paul's with their next hurdle after they beat Drogheda Grammar School 3-2.
Grennan College of Thomastown put five goals beyond Coláiste Cois Siuire, Mooncoin, in the preliminary round but must face the winner of Coláiste an átha and Wexford VC for the right to face Coláiste Eoin of Hacketstown, who also scored five to reach the quarter-finals.