FAI Intermediate Cup Final line-up confirmed as Ringmhahon Rangers and Glebe North progress

A new name will be going on the FAI Intermediate Cup this year as Ringmahon Rangers and Glebe North have both qualified for their first ever final.

This follows the competition’s semi-finals, which were held on Friday, 29 March.

The result of the weekend was Ringmahon Rangers’ 2-0 victory over Rockmount at Carrig Park in Fermoy.

The victory for the south-side club brought an end to their northside rivals hold over the trophy, and their push for a three-peat.

The result comes at the fourth time of asking in eight years as Ringmahon Rangers lost at the semi-final stage of the competition in 2016, 2020, and 2023.

They now hope to add the FAI Intermediate Cup to a growing trophy cabinet that includes the Beamish Stout Senior Cup and the Donie Forde Trophy.

Their push for a national title was done with a squad featuring a host of League of Ireland veterans, a group that includes former Cork City and Bohemian striker Ethon Varian. He was joined last Friday night by Cameron Harlson, Anthony McAlavey, and Issa Karbgo, a trio that were once on the books at Cobh Ramblers.

The result creates a new chapter in the history of one of the most storied clubs in the country, a name made famous by producing Republic of Ireland internationals Alan Browne and Caoimhin Kelleher. Ringmahon Rangers also brought through a host of Republic of Ireland underage internationals, like Cathal Heffernan and Franco Umeh.

They will face Glebe North in the final, a team that includes two time League of Ireland champion Killian Brennan.

The former Bohemians, Derry City, and St Patrick’s Athletic midfielder has helped the Leinster Senior League side cruise through the knock-out stages and enjoy victories over intermediate cup perenniall challengers Maynooth University Town and College Corinthians.

Other players in their squad with League of Ireland experience are Oisin Coleman (Dundalk), Olayinka Hamzat (Athlone Town), and Ryan O’Shea (Drogheda United).

Glebe North’s biggest result on their road to the final was a Munster Senior League Premier Division leaders College Corinthians in Cork. The Dubliners were away from home and facing a team containing former Cork City players Mark O’Sullivan and Ian Turner.

They enjoyed a 3-0 win, and went on to beat Wayside Celtic 2-1 in the semi-finals last Friday evening.