Monday 23 April 2018

Big guns avoid each other in draw for cup quarter-finals

The top three sides remaining in the FAI Cup avoided each other in last night’s quarter-final draw. Photo: Stock Image
The top three sides remaining in the FAI Cup avoided each other in last night’s quarter-final draw. Photo: Stock Image
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

The top three sides remaining in the FAI Cup avoided each other in last night's quarter-final draw.

League leaders and holders Cork City will travel to take on Longford Town who are the only First Division side left in the competition.

Dundalk, who beat Cork in the 2015 final before losing last year's showpiece at the Aviva, will host neighbours Drogheda United in a Louth derby. Drogheda are losing touch at the bottom of the Premier Division and look set to fall through the trap door.

Shamrock Rovers are the other side remaining in the competition that is pushing for European qualification through the league but are desperate to succeed in the cup. They have been drawn away to Bluebell United, the only non-league side remaining.

Ex-Rovers and Ireland midfielder Keith Fahey will miss out for Bluebell after he was sent off in their win over Cabinteely in the second round - a painful punishment for the Tallaght native.

Galway United host Limerick in the most evenly-matched last- eight tie with both sides currently battling to preserve their top-flight status.

Quarter-final draw: Longford Town v Cork City, Dundalk v Drogheda Utd, Bluebell Utd v Shamrock Rovers, Galway Utd v Limerick. Games to be played on the weekend of Sept 8-9

Irish Independent

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