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Sunday 22 April 2018

Bray Wanderers v Limerick

(Carlisle Grounds, 7.45)

Gary Dempsey is back for Bray, who face Pat Scully's up-and-coming Shannonsiders who would love to mark their ambition with a cup run of substance, although promotion is the priority. The Seagulls' early season form has waned and this could be a prime candidate for an upset, albeit back in Limerick.

Verdict: Draw.

Drogheda United v Dundalk

(Hunky Dorys Park, 7.45)

THE tie of the round sees Drogheda host Dundalk in a Louth derby with plenty at stake. These clashes have been even so far, with Dundalk struggling against their local rivals, whose revival was halted with a heavy defeat in Inchicore last week. You get the sense that Dundalk are the club much more in need of victory.

Verdict: Away win.

Waterford Utd v St Pat's Ath

(RSC, 7.45)

BOTH teams will be depleted this evening and after Pete Mahon admitted defeat in the title race after Monday's draw with Bohs, the Saints' troubled relationship with the FAI Ford Cup is back on the agenda. This is a tricky visit to the RSC against a United side whose slow start is fading into memory. The Dubliners should have enough.

Verdict: Away win.

Sheriff YC v Shelbourne

(Tolka Park, 8.0)

NON-LEAGUE Sheriff will find Shelbourne at Tolka Park a considerable step up from beating the league's bottom side Salthill last time out. Shelbourne are flying towards promotion to the top flight and their squad could easily compete in the Premier Division. The Cup is a realistic aim for Alan Mathews' side.

Verdict: Home win.

Wexford Youths v Cork City

(Ferrycarrig Park, 8.0)

HIGH-flying City were held by the Youths two weeks ago, but, with promotion in their sights, the Rebels will fancy their chances of progressing. Wexford have struggled in the league, but their shock victory over Derry City will fill them with belief for another scalp at Ferrycarrig. It may be beyond them this time.

Verdict: Draw.

Irish Independent

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