The FAI Intermediate Cup returns at the exciting third round stage this weekend.
A lot of the big clubs avoided each other but in a season were Cup upset are a plentiful there are more banana skins knocking about than a jungle floor.
There are some good all top flight games and some cross county clashes that will peak interest.
We took a more in dept look at the draw have a read below:
In what looks like the tie of the round College Corinthians take on Cockhill Celtic FC in Cork on Sunday morning.
Corinthians are currently top of the Munster Senior League while Cockhill top the Ulster equivalent, basically making it a clash of Munster and Ulsters form team.
Cockhill are always one to watch out for and are the last team to beat Crumlin in the competition. They have also only exited the tournament to finalists and winners in recent seasons.
Corinthians by virtue of their league standing seem to the best Cork team left in the tournament and if you consider the Rebel County, albeit via Avondale, dominated the contest at the turn of the decade they are certainly one to watch.
The Ulster Munster mash up is the only cross county all top flight affiar and certainly has game of the round potential.
Sunday morning also throws up an interesting all Senior Sunday tie in the form of Cherry Orchard FC v Malahide United FC. The Orchard have become a team to watch in the LSL top flight having raced to the top of the table (before being replaced as leaders by St Mochtas) after gaining promotion last season and if they are a Senior Sunday threat they have to be a team to watch out for in this years Intermediate Cup.
Malahide finished as high as fourth last season, but are struggling some what for form this term. They did give Cherry Orchard as opening day scare racing to a two goal lead before being pegged back and finally beaten. If their Cup clash is as good as their league encouther it will be one to watch.
Another all top LSL top flight tie that could provide goals is Drumcondra FC v Bangor Celtic which plays out on Friday.
Drums beat Bangor in a recent league game were five goals were banged in. Both sides have blown hot and cold at times this season. Traveling won’t worry Celtic as all their wins have been on the road this season and their superior points total in the league could prompt the bookies to make them slight favourites.
However, in Stephen Cantawell the Drumcondra have a form striker, one that has scored last minute winners in his last two games- so if it’s all square with a minute to go Bangor should watch out!
Firhouse Clover FC and Greystones FC provide more all Senior Sunday action as they go into battle at IT Tallaght on Sunday morning. If they seen the name Greystones come out of the hat before the previous round the Tallaght side would have quite content. As per usual ‘Stones endured a difficult start to the campaign and went seven league games without banking a single point.
However, just like last season they have now found a way to win and are now three from three in recent weeks and may come to Tallaght full of confidence.
Firhouse, however, are on a confidence building mission themselves. They did more reshuffling than a Vegas card dealer over the Summer and are trying to find a settled team. They do have match winners among their ranks and if they get the formula right they will feel they could put together a cup run.
The Dublin Cork clashes are always ones that raise interest and while there are no MSL Premier versus LSL Senior Sunday clahses this weekend their are some interesting Dub Rebel clashes nonetheless.
Cobh Wanderers, who were involved in an thrilling 4-3 game with eventual Champions Crumlin last season, will welcome Sacred Heart to Cork on Sunday. An MSL top flight side should be confident of beating an LSL third teir side, but while the Tallaght outfit haven’t a competitive division up this term they have match winners in former Shelbourne player Gareth Coulghan and former amateur International Micheal Fox. Cobh, who have former Avondale player Ian Stapleton, who has a habit of scoring against Dublin sides in their ranks, are currently unbeaten in the league and despite only winning promotion via a play off last season are noe second in the Munster top flight.
Recent FAI Junior Cup winners Liffey Wanderers take on Rockmount of Cork. Rockmount currently operate in the Munster Senior League top flight, but haven’t enjoyed a great start to the season. The Cork side have won just one of their opening four league ties. Considering Roy Keane’s former club are top tier and Wanderers are a third division LSL side most would expect Rockmount to be favourites.
However, the bookies can’t seperate the sides and understandably so considering the Dublin side are at home, have shock previous and go into the clash on the back of victory over Senior Sunday side St Patricks CY.
Glenville FC welcome the well run Douglas Hall to Palmerstown on Sunday afternoon with a record of pushing Cork sides in the contest. The recently relegated former top flight outfit will have their work cut out for them this time round as Douglas, who despite occupying space in the bottom half of the MSL Premier have been in good cup form this season, Indeed they have already claimed cup success this season having won the Keane Cup in recent weeks.
Killester United were second favourites to win the tournament outright before a ball was kicked and boast a strong squad at present. However, they face a potential bannana skin in the form of Blarney United on Sunday afternoon.
Blarney are currently in the Munster Senior League second tier, but are arguably the MSL’s form side. They are unbeaten so far this season and have only conceded three goals in the league to date. Killester have suffered a dip in form in recent weeks, but go into this clash on the back of a moral boosting last minute come from behind win over Malahide.
The battle between a no nonsense back four and Lenny McMillian and John Brophy up top for Killester will certainly prove interesting.
In another LSL top flight versus MSL second tier tie Everton FC host Wayside Celtic FC on Sunday. Three time winners Wayside have been impressive since they returned to Senior Sunday, not quite making the impact Cherry Orchard have, but showing enough to suggest they will retain a seat at the top table. Everton currently sit second in the MSL Senior 1 and have only lost once this season.
At first glance Friday night’s St Patricks CY versus Ballymun United looks a relatively routine tie for the top flight side especially considering Ballymun play their football three divisions below Stephen Geoghan’s men.
However, ‘Mun, now managed by Killester’s legendary manager Joey Graydon, are one of the countries form sides. The side with top flight aspirations are currently top of Senior 1A and are unbeaten in league action this season. CY go into the clash on the back of a derby Metro Cup defeat to Liffey Wanderers, who are fifth in a division Ballymun lead, but the Ringsend faithful won’t read to much into that as last Friday night had a lot more than just a place in the next round of a cup at stake.
Senior Sunday champions Bluebell United will be confident mood as they take on LSL 1A stugglers Tullamore Town at the Red Cow on Sunday..
Andy Noonan’s talented squad have came unstuck against lower league opposition in the form of St John Bosco two seasons ago before exiting to Cork top flight opposition at home last season.
However, there was always a feeling that Bluebell had made the league a priority and now having won back to back titles they may fancy a trip to the Aviva. They would be expected to deal with Tullamore and progress to the next round.
The champions Crumlin United FC cross Dublin to take on Swords Celtic under Friday night lights. While their support will be pleased with the draw it certainly won’t prove a gimme. Celtic, who put Crumlin’s near neighbors Bangor Celtic, to the sword in the same competition two season ago have upset previous.
Crumlin, who needed a replay to beat Portmarnock last term, have finally found form this season, but while United will be confident they have a team capable of progressing without too much drama not everything has gone to plan for the Pearse Park side this season.
Other clashes in the round include Edenderry Town FC v Bonagee United, Ballincollig v Ringmahon Rangers, Portmarnock v Riverstown and St Mary’s v Skerries Town