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'Grove aim to knock 'Dale off their perch

The LSL is lining up a clean sweep of semi-final places in the FAI Intermediate Cup this weekend with only Mayfield United and holders Avondale United blocking the route.

Belgrove/Home Farm have been handed the task of knocking Avondale off their perch while Mayfield United welcome Senior Division outfit St Pat's CY to Cork this afternoon.

Avondale make their second trip of the season to Dublin's Northside where they take on Danny Crowley's young guns, who aim to become the first team in four years to defeat the 'Dale when they clash in Whitehall tomorrow afternoon.

The 'Dale have won 25 games in a row in this competition since their last defeat in May 2010. They are hunting down a historic four-in-a-row, last done in the 1940s by Distillery, and are looking to add a sixth title in eight years. The stats are scary.

The Cork side's dominance doesn't seem to be waning either, despite the loss of manager John Cotter and star striker Mark O'Sullivan in recent weeks to Cork City, as they breezed through to the quarter-finals.

Crowley's side will start as underdogs, but that will suit the Whitehall outfit. The pressure is all on the Cork side, it is the 'Dale that are chasing history and the 'Grove will hope that the pressure finally tells.

FAI Intermediate Cup Quarter-Finals

MAYFIELD v ST PAT'S CY (Today 2.0pm)

The home side will be up for this one. The Saints will need to weather the early storm and concentration and discipline will be key. The home side will get jittery if they don't make the breakthrough though, as they will not fancy their chances in a replay in Ringsend. Verdict: Draw.

BELGROVE/HOME FARM v AVONDALE UNITED

The common denominator between these two is College Corinthians. Belgrove defeated College in the third round while Avondale only recently lost to their fellow Cork side in the league. Whether that's enough to give the Whitehall side the edge remains to be seen. Still, it is hard to look beyond the Cork giants. Verdict: Avondale

UCD v LEIXLIP UNITED

Senior Division basement side United have put their league woes to one side in this competition with some big wins on the way to the quarter final. College have already defeated United this term, have posted a couple of recent wins in the league to improve confidence and will be favourites to advance. Verdict: UCD.


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