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St Pat's and UCD semi too tight to call

The FAI Intermediate Cup semi-finals hit the capital this weekend as the last four look to fan the flames of national glory.

This afternoon in Ringsend, the Saints and Scholars clash in a D4 derby with a difference as UCD make the short trip from Belfield for a clash with St Pat's CY. Tomorrow, there is a meeting across the river for the two favourites as Tolka Rovers take on four-in-a-row chasing Avondale United at Cooke Park.

Today's clash gives the two outsiders a great chance to capture a place in the final. The Saints are struggling for their Senior Division lives, but have managed to produce their best in this competition, while UCD have also been highly impressive on the national stage.

Rovers, current Senior Division leaders, meet an Avondale side on the verge of history.

Rovers have been top class this season and, tomorrow, they have a chance to fulfil the promise that they have shown all season.

The 'Dale motor on despite the loss of manager John Cotter and several key players early in the season. Their loss has not hampered their results, but their performance in the last round against Belgrove/Home Farm suggests that their armour has weakened.

FAI Intermediate Cup Semi-FinalS

ST PAT'S CY v UCD (Ringsend Park, 1pm, today)

The Saints will aim to make this a no guts, no glory battle, while UCD will look to the subtle side of things.

The last time these two met at this venue, it was the Saints who prevailed through a late winner from Graham Hannigan. College are in the better form of late, but the visitors will worry about the CY danger-man Thomas Dunne, who has netted in every round so far. This could take another game before being sorted. Verdict: Draw.

TOLKA ROVERS v AVONDALE UTD (Frank Cooke Park, tomorrow)

A contrast of styles in this semi-final. Tolka's high tempo, high precision passing game will cause plenty of hassle, but Avondale will look to overcrowd the middle and strangle the life out of the home side's one-touch approach. The 'Dale are past masters at doing the right amount to get the right result, but if Tolka can click early on, they can do the business. Verdict: Tolka Rovers.


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