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Orchard on alert as Verona plot shock bite of Cherry

Cherry Orchard and Verona come face-to-face for the second time in seven days at Elm Dale as they look to launch their own Easter Rising in the semi-finals of the FAI Intermediate Cup.

The stakes couldn't be much higher for this LSL pairing, although Cherry Orchard, winners of this competition in 1998, will start the game as overwhelming favourites against a side reaching this stage for the first time.

The Orchard sit a league above Verona, they have vast experience in this competition and last week in the FAI Senior Cup they brushed aside the Coolmine side at the same venue.

Orchard boss, Paul Doyle, is wary of the favourites tag and will not be underestimating Verona. "I imagine we are favourites just on league position. We had the favourites' tag last year against Sacred Heart and they took us to a replay. We have no fear of any side, but if we don't respect Verona they could easily turn us over," remarked Doyle.

Doyle's respect for Paul Cassidy's team comes after the Coolmine battlers produced some huge results in this season's competition, culminating in their victory over Killester United in the last round.

FAI INTERMEDIATE CUP SEMI FINAL

CHERRY ORCHARD v VERONA

This pair met last week in the FAI Senior Cup, a game the Orchard won by two goals to nil, but that was just the dress rehearsal for tomorrow's main performance. The Orchard have plenty of match winners in their squad and their big time experience could tell in the end.

Verona, though, will not be found wanting and they will be happy to get another bite at the Cherry in a replay. That, though, could be just beyond them. Verdict: Cherry Orchard.

AVONDALE UNITED v EVERTON

United, holders and overwhelming favourites for this season's competition, will be expected to march to their fifth final in six years when they meet an Everton side that shocked many to get this far. Everton defeated a couple of the LSL's top ranked outfits, but their Cork rivals could be a tie too far. Verdict: Avondale.


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