Derby bragging rights on the line as esports cup draw made

Sat, Mar 21 2020

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The draw for the esports Cup has been made and it has thrown up some exciting derby clashes.

The esports Cup (#greatestesportstournamentintheworld) kicks off next week with the aim of not just providing football fans with some “on pitch” entertainment but also hoping to raise funds for those affected with cystic fibrosis.

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland has had to cancel collections on its 65 Roses Day due to COVID-19, their largest fundraising day of the year. The money that would have been raising is required to provide support and services for people with cystic fibrosis in Ireland which is now needed more than ever.

If you wish to donate, you can do so here:

Ten players, one from each Premier Division side, will face off in a novel FIFA20 tournament as we bid to recreate domestic rivalry in an online setting.

The contest features:

Jack Byrne, Shamrock Rovers FC

Cameron Saul, Finn Harps FC

Keith Ward, Bohemian FC

Ronan Coughlan, Sligo Rovers FC

James Doona, St Patrick’s Athletic FC

Tyreke Wilson, Waterford FC

Darren Cole, Derry City FC

Dan Kelly, Dundalk FC

Daire O’Connor, Cork City FC

Jaze Kabia, Shelbourne FC

Sports broadcasters Oisin Langan and Aoife Ní Mhaoláin were on hand to present and make the draw which is divided into two groups of five. The teams will play each other once. The table-toppers and runners-up from each group will qualify for the semi-finals with a chance to claim a nice, shiny trophy for the overall winner. You can watch the entire draw below.


After the draw, our podcaster presenter Declan Marron caught up with six of the ten players to get their views on the draw and their opponents (expect trash talk) which you can tune into here.

We will announce the fixtures on the site and across our social media channels later today.

Donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Ireland charity can be made here.

This tournament is not affiliated with or sponsored by Electronic Arts Inc. or its licensors.





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