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FAI Cup Qualifying Round Draw

Tue, Jun 15 2021
Dundalk skipper Chris Shields lifting the FAI Cup after the 2020 final

Dundalk skipper Chris Shields lifting the FAI Cup after the 2020 final Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick (ETPhotos)

The road to the Aviva for the 2021 FAI Senior Cup starts on the weekend of July 10/11th when a dozen Intermediate and Junior sides will compete to make it into the draw for the 1st Round.

Last season, due to Covid restrictions, the competition was restricted to SSE Airtricity League teams and was won by Dundalk against Shamrock Rovers in a December final that turned into a six-goal thriller.

This year the traditional inclusion of teams from the regional leagues returns. Six clubs have received byes to the First Round while six Qualifying Round matches will add six more clubs to the First Round pot where they will be joined by the 20 League of Ireland clubs.

The teams receiving byes are Malahide United, Bangor GGFC, St Kevin’s Boys, Liffey Wanderers and Usher Celtic from Dublin, along with College Corinthians of Cork.

The six Qualifying matches see Kildare’s Maynooth University Town hosting Bonagee United from Letterkenny in Donegal, while another Donegal team, Buncrana’s Cockhill Celtic, will travel to Dublin to play the current holders of the FAI Intermediate Cup, St Mochtas of the Leinster Senior League.

Former League of Ireland side, Home Farm, will play fellow Dubs, Kilnamanagh, while Crumlin United will travel South to play Cork’s Ringmahon Rangers.

The Full Draw:

Maynooth University Town  v  Bonagee United

Kilnamanagh  v  Home Farm

Fairview Rangers  v  Athenry FC

Ringmahon Rangers  v  Crumlin United

Oliver Bond Celtic  v  Killester Donnycarney

St Mochta’s  v  Cockhill Celtic

BYES:  Malahide United, Bangor GGFC, St Kevins Boys, Liffey Wanderers, Usher Celtic, College Corinthians.

All the matches will be decided on the day and will be played on the weekend on July 10th/11th.

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