MALAHIDE Community School's pain will be another school's gain in spring as last year's Leinster Senior Cup champions will not defend their title.
The provincial cup and Metropolitan Division One double winners and All-Ireland finalists have missed out on entry to this year's competition on a technicality with their application.
A mix-up, which saw their fully-completed application miss the deadline by days, has eliminated the tournament favourites before it even begins.
With eight of last year's final-winning side still eligible this year, the north Dubliners were targeting a stern defence but now it will simply be a question of who will take advantage.
Competition heavyweights Clonkeen College agonisingly lost to Malahide in both Leinster finals last season but face a mammoth first-round battle with 2010 Metropolitan Champions League winners Oatlands College.
It doesn't get any easier from there either, with the winners facing either Templeogue College or Lucan Community College in the last 32 and the likes of Marian College, Balsbridge and Collinstown Park CC heading the direction of the eventual last-16 tie.
Either way, this year's winners will eventually come out on top of an 82-team competition -- one of the biggest in recent years -- and already some schools are motoring quite nicely.
St Benildus College's defeat of Holy Family CS, Rathcoole in the preliminary round is ominous for the rest. After all, this current Benildus side is likely to contain graduates of last season's Junior Cup runners up: one of which is Adam Zayed -- the talented younger brother of Libyan international Eamon, who also won the Senior Cup with the school back in his day.