The FAI Intermediate Cup third round draw threw up some interesting fixtures.
Obviously some more mouthwatering than others, so we decided to pick the top five clashes of the round.
Check them out below:
Crumlin United v Bluebell United
We shouldn’t have to say much more! Crumlin versus Bluebell is a must watch game regardless of the competition it happens in, but throw in a do or die element to the clash and your guaranteed a barnstormer.
While it’s a pairing every remaining team in the competition would have celebrated, as it means one of the favourites for the contest will be absent come third round time, there are some neutrals who would have preferred to see the clash later in the contest.
However, their is an argument that with both teams so keen for a run in the competition and a second round exit certainly not part of the season plan that both will be more desperate for victory on the weekend of October 21. In turn that could create a better environment for a classic.
The pair have had tense encouthers in recent years including final day title deciders played out in front of large crowds. This one could prove just as tense and as well attended.
Maynooth University Town v Portmarnock
The reigning champions shocked their way to victory last season. The then LSL third tier side had to beat some serious opposition to eventually walk the Aviva steps and lift the trophy.
Although as a Senior 1 side now they are higher placed up the ladder they will have to get the scalping knife out again if they are to progress to the third round.
The progressive Kildare side, who boast a Junior International in xx among their ranks, take on top flight side Portmarnock.
Porto may not prove as daunting a foe as the likes of Bluebell, Crumlin or Mochtas, but they are establishing themselves as a solid top flight side.
Not to mention they themselves have enjoyed FAI Intermediate Cup runs in recent years particularly in their lower division days
Firhouse Clover v St Mochtas
It’s last years beaten finalists versus the favourite to win the cup this year as Firhouse Clover and St Mochtas collide.
Granted Clover have lost some players and on current form don’t look as formidable a force as last season.
However, they do have FAI Intermediate known how and the extremely strong Saints squad have not enjoyed the best of times in the competition in recent season.
Both sides go into the clash with a point to prove and it could turn out to be a cracker.
St Francis v Home Farm
Not quite basking in the kind of glory they once did, but this is a meeting of two of Irish footballs most famous clubs.
Home Farm’s history is wide and varied as a LOI club, a underage powerhouse and now a competitive Intermediate level outfit.
While Francis due to their run to the FAI Cup final back in 1990 are the countries most famed amateur outfit.
It’s that history that makes this one stand out. Home Farm as LSL Senior 1 high flyers should be favourites going into the clash. Francis have fallen on hard times at senior level in recent years and are only one season back after a year sabbatical.
Considering they earned promotion back to the Intermediate grade by default over the Summer the Intermediate cup is bonus territory for them, but they are a team with a sensational cup past and wouldn’t be adverse to a run in the competition.
Middleton v Douglas Hall
There are some suggesting that Ringmahon and Rockmount might be the Munster Senior League teams to watch out for in this years FAI Intermediate Cup, but Middleton versus Douglas is the game in the Munster section of the third round draw.
It’s reigning champions versus a team currently sitting in second and the only all top flight clash of the draw.
Neither have lit the world a light in the league this season, with Middleton’s league defence yet to see a win as of yet and Douglas Hall drawing four of their five league games this term. Something’s got to give come round 3.