Carew men to CY Pat's firsts are no pushovers
A place among the giants of League of Ireland football is the reward for non-league teams this weekend as the FAI Senior Cup gets underway.
There is a batch of LSL sides looking to progress into the second round and hopefully grab a money-spinning clash against the likes of Shamrock Rovers, Cork City or Sligo Rovers.
Limerick junior side Carew Park travel back to Ringsend for the second time in six weeks as they take on St Pat's CY at the Aviva Stadium later this evening.
Carew will be hoping that this will not be their last trip to Dublin 4 as they are in the hunt for a spot in the final of the FAI Junior Cup, to be played in the Aviva in June.
On their last visit to Ringsend, Carew managed to get the better of the Saints in a fiery Junior Cup clash (2-1). The bad news for the Limerick side, though, is tomorrow they face the home side's first team.
The Saints got a taste of Senior Cup action last season when they faced Dundalk in Oriel Park and Mark Benson's side will want at least one more day out in Blue Riband of Irish football. A little bit of revenge for their second team's unlucky exit at the hands of Carew will be an added bonus.
FAI SENIOR CUP 1st Rd
ST PAT'S CY v CAREW PARK (KO 5.0)
Carew warmed up for this tie with a win over Pearse of Cork last weekend, a victory that sent the Limerick outfit into the last four of the Junior Cup. The Saints lost out to Wayside Celtic on Monday night, but they can pick themselves up and make it into the second round draw. Verdict: Home Win.
ST MARY'S v PHOENIX
A trip to Cork a week before their FAI Intermediate Cup semi final is hardly the ideal preparations for Phoenix, but the LSL side will want to keep their confidence intact ahead of that clash against Bluebell.
Verdict: Away Win.
GLENVILLE v BEGGSBORO
These pair has already met in the Intermediate Cup this season, with the Boro coming out on top, but that result will be soon forgotten once this one gets under way. The Glens did beat Boro in the league at the start of the season and there is very little between them in the Division 1A table. Expect a tight clash, but the Boro to repeat their Inter Cup win. Verdict: Away Win.