Sunday 18 March 2018

Dundalk get chance to gain Cup revenge

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

DUNDALK will get the chance to avenge their Setanta Cup final defeat by Sligo Rovers when the teams meet in the FAI Cup next month.

The stand-out tie in the second-round draw for the Ford-sponsored showpiece will take place at Oriel Park on the weekend of June 6-8.

Sligo, who have won the FAI Cup three times in the last four years, could hardly have been given a more difficult opening assignment.

It's one of two all-Premier Division encounters, with Limerick welcoming Bohemians to Thomond Park in the other.

The midlands derby between Longford Town and Athlone is another attractive tie.

A minimum of four non-league clubs will progress to the round of 16, with eight of the qualifiers having missed out on league opposition in the second round.

Some clubs did land lucrative draws, however.

Sheriff YC, the winners of last year's Junior Cup, will take on Shamrock Rovers in a clash of two teams that wear green and white hoops.

St Patrick's CY, a club based in Ringsend, will lock horns with their most famous namesakes St Patrick's Athletic, while Clonsilla outfit St Mochta's will travel to Turner's Cross to take on Cork City.

FAI Cup SECOND-Round Draw

Dundalk v Sligo Rvs; Belgrove/Home Farm v Finn Harps; Drogheda Utd v Cockhill Celtic; Limerick v Bohemians.

Cobh Ramblers v Derry City; Athlone Town v Longford Town; Wexford Youths v Bray W; Shelbourne v Waterford.

St Patrick's CY v St Patrick's Ath; Mayfield Utd v Malahide Utd; Ballynanty v Phoenix; UCC v St Michael's; UCD v Galway; Collinstown v Avondale Utd; Cork City v St Mochta's; Sheriff YC v Shamrock Rovers.

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