LSL Senior Sunday champions Bluebell United have been drawn to play defending EA Sports Cup champions and League of Ireland heavyweights St Patrick’s Athletic in the First Round of the 2017 edition of the competition. Andy Noonan’s side will relish the opportunity to visit Richmond Park and will be looking to cause a massive upset against a club who has won the last two EA Sports Cup trophies on the bounce.
Other amateur clubs involved in the opening round include Munster Senior League champions Avondale United who travel to face LOI First Division club Cobh Ramblers while 2016 Ulster Senior League winners Cockhill Celtic head to Finn Park to take on Ollie Horgan’s Finn Harps.
Rounding off amateur football’s participation in Round One is the Mayo League who will visit Galway United. Ties are to be played on Monday the 20th and Tuesday the 21st of March.
EA Sports Cup First Round Draw
Pool One – Cobh Ramblers vs Avondale United; Wexford vs Waterford.
Byes: Cork City, Limerick.
Pool Two – Finn Harps vs Cockhill Celtic; Galway United vs Mayo League.
Byes: Derry City, Sligo Rovers
Pool Three – Drogheda United vs Bray Wanderers; St Patrick’s Athletic vs Bluebell United
Byes: Dundalk, UCD.
Pool Four – Athlone Town vs Longford Town; Bohemians vs Cabinteely.
Byes: Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne.