FAI Cup draw: Champions Cork City start with trip to Home Farm
No all Premier League clashes but plenty of interesting third-round ties
Cork City celebrate their FAI Cup win over Dundalk in the 2017 final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
The first round of the FAI Cup has thrown up some interesting fixtures, including a proper local derby between Inchicore Athletic and St Patrick’s Athletic and a battle between Dublin Bus and CIE Ranch that could be already described an all-ticket affair!
Defending champions Cork City face a trip to Dublin to take on famed football nursery Home Farm, while Dundalk, who lost last year’s decider on penalties, have been drawn at home to Cobh Ramblers.
There’s a couple of long journeys included as always with Derry City drawn away to Cork’s Blarney United; Cabinteely must travel to Clare to take on Newmarket United; while Buncrana side Cockhill Celtic host Limerick.
Shamrock Rovers’ wait to extend their record 24 FAI Cup wins is now in it’s 31st year and they face a trip to play Drogheda United, while Bohemians are also away to First Division opponents, with a trip down the east coast to play Wexford.
The ties take place on the weekend of August 10th to 12th.
FAI CUP FIRST-ROUND DRAW
Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers
UCD v Pike Rovers
Blarney United v Derry City
Shelbourne v Athlone Town
Newmarket Celtic v Cabinteely
Cockhill Celtic v Limerick
Dundalk v Cobh Ramblers
Bray Wanderers v Finn Harps
Skerries Town v Waterford
Sligo Rovers v Longford Town
Maynooth University Town v Leeds
North End United v Galway United
Home Farm v Cork City
Wexford v Bohemians
Inchicore Athletic v St Patrick’s Athletic
Dublin Bus v CIE Ranch
Ties to be played on weekend of August 10th-12th