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Tolka's Cup form can pick off the Cherries

A half-dozen Senior Division sides put their hopes of national glory on the chopping block tomorrow as the FAI Intermediate Cup hits the last 16 stage.

At least three Senior Division sides will perish over the course of this weekend as the numbers dwindle and the contenders are sorted out from the mere pretenders.

Tomorrow morning, in Elm Dale, former winners Cherry Orchard will welcome a Tolka Rovers side still in pursuit of their first national title in what is one of two all-top flight clashes.

Tolka's report card to date will have the 'must do better' comment scribbled across it as the Frank Cooke Park side struggle to find a high level of consistency that will start yielding them vital wins.

Yet, while they seek consistency on a domestic level and have slipped out of the Senior Division reckoning, they have been going about their FAI Intermediate Cup business in a fairly clinical fashion.

In the first round Rovers dismantled Pegasus by seven goals to three and, just to prove it was no fluke, they went and netted another seven against Garda in round two.

In the last round Jason Kelly's side got the better of College Corinthians on home turf to set up the encounter with the Cherries.

The Orchard have quietly gone about their season and are currently in the hunt for three cups, including this competition, where they have dumped CYM Terenure, St Mochta's and Sacred Heart on to the Inter Cup scrapheap.



A sniff of a Wayside resurgence is in the air after a three goals to nil win over Ringmahon was swiftly followed by another three-nil win against Tolka Rovers last week. Peter Lennon's side have already defeated the Bus at Jackson Park and they should repeat that performance tomorrow.

Verdict: Home Win


It will be difficult to separate this pair, but Rovers have the necessary bit of flair up front to unlatch the stubborn home defence and progress to the last eight. Verdict: Away Win


This will be a tricky one for the holders, but United have enough guile, experience and firepower to avoid potential pitfalls and ensure that their reign continues for at least another round.

Verdict: Away Win


After last weekend's morale-boosting victory over Glebe North, Malahide will travel to Cork with an extra bit of bounce in their step. The Gannon Park club will need to be at their very best if they are to grab the slightest sliver of hope out of this game but, as ties go, they don't come much tougher than this. The best that United can hope for will be a draw, but that might just be beyond them. Verdict: Home Win