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 Kevin’s 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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