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Mahon eyes cup shock in first outing

Pete Mahon's first cup game in charge of Malahide United hands the wily campaigner a chance to do what no club has done in four years, defeat Avondale United in the FAI Intermediate Cup.

The Avondale bandwagon rocks up to Gannon Park tomorrow looking to keep their four in-a-row dream alive, but the highly respected Mahon, who took over from John Gill a fortnight ago, will be plotting to shock United in this fourth round tie.

The last time Avondale lost in this competition was in May 2010 at Dalymount Park when Crumlin United dismantled the Cork giants. Since then, United have dominated this grade, claiming three titles in-a-row.

This term, United have been as devastating as usual in this competition, winning three games without conceding a goal, including victories over big Cork rivals Douglas Hall and Rockmount.

Malahide will start as underdogs. That will suit Mahon. The Malahide boss has fought bigger battles and won. Tomorrow, Mahon will look to conjure up more of that old magic.

FAI Intermediate Cup 4th Round


The Saints are enjoying a revival of late, winning their last two games to pull away from the drop zone in the Senior Division. Tomorrow is a different type of test, though. The second tier Cork side, who have lost as many as they have won in the league, will look to rattle the Dubs early on. If the Saints hold firm to the break, they are well capable of advancing. Verdict: St Pat's CY.


Having defeated Crumlin in the last round, Cockhill will not only fancy their chances tomorrow against St Mochtas, but they will be confident of going all the way. The Celts are out of season and Mochtas won't give up on their own patch. The Ulster champions should progress after a tough battle. Verdict: Cockhill Celtic.


The 'Dale are well versed in raiding the capital for Intermediate Cup success. Malahide's Pete Mahon will have his boys fired up, but Avondale will be happy enough to bring this one back to Cork. Verdict: Draw.


The 'Bell are on fire at present and head into this one on the back of a seven league wins on the bounce. UCD have saved their best for this competition, hitting 15 goals in three games to date, but tomorrow might just be a tie too far. Verdict: Bluebell.