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Crumlin's drive for five gets timely home boost

Crumlin United's 'drive for five' was given a massive boost last week when they were handed four home draws in their domestic cup competitions.

United hit some sort of 'draw karma' after having been drawn away from home in their four FAI Intermediate Cup ties but now they finally got a bit of the 'luck of the draw' and face the prospect of four games on home soil.

Crumlin will face Bluebell United in semi-final of the Cahill Cup, they have a quarter-final clash against Glebe North in the EBS Metropolitan Cup and in the last four of the Noel Ryan Cup Martin Loughran's side will meet either Boyne Rovers or Liffeys Pearse.

If Crumlin managed to get by Glebe in the Metro they will then meet either Bluebell or Bangor at home in the last four while the winners of Malahide and Wayside will travel to meet either Cherry Orchard or Arklow Town.

Cahill Cup Semi-Final draw

Bangor Celtic v Dublin Bus or Cherry Orchard; Crumlin United v Bluebell United.

EBS Metropolitan Cup Quarter-Final draw

Bluebell United v Bangor Celtic; Crumlin United v Glebe North; Malahide United v Wayside Celtic; Cherry Orchard v Arklow Town.

Noel Ryan Cup Semi-Final DRAW

Wayside Celtic v Lissadel United; Crumlin United v Boyne Rovers or Liffeys Pearse..

Loughran joy after historic LSL success

The LSL made a little bit of history over the weekend as Martin Loughran's side claimed the league's first three in a row against the Scottish Amateur side at Livingston.

Goals from Lee Roche and James Lee along with a dramatic injury-time penalty save from Jason Lowney made sure that the LSL brought back the Alan Mackay Trophy for the third time in a row. The win also ensured the LSL of their sixth win over the 10 years of this clash.

Boss Martin Loughran was beaming with delight after a hard fought game: "I am delighted and it is great to win three-in-a-row. The lads done really well even though we didn't have much preparation before hand due to so many club matches."

Dublin 4 derby for Saints

A Dublin 4 derby is the pick of the semi-final draws in the Gilligan Cup as St Pat's CY take on UCD down in Ringsend Park in mid April.

The Saints lost out in this final last season and will be anxious to get back and wipe away that memory. The second semi final is something of a conundrum as Dunboyne await one of the following from Boyne Rovers, Verona or Sacred Heart.

Gilligan Cup semi-finals: St. Pat's CY v UCD; Verona or Boyne Rovers or Sacred Heart v Dunboyne.

Niall Feery