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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Rovers return ‘home’ to Mount major upset

Seven Senior Division clubs will get their first taste of knock-out action tomorrow as the first step on the road to national glory starts with the first round of the FAI Intermediate Cup.

With no all-Senior Division clashes in the draw, seven top-flight outfits put their reputations on the line as they come up against lower league opposition.

One of those lower league sides looking for a Senior Division scalp is Shamrock Rovers, who return to their spiritual home of Ringsend to attempt to upset big league strugglers, Mount Merrion.

The Hoops will take to the field just a few hundred yards from where the club was formed and will be hoping to stir up some old ghosts as they look to down a Merrion side still looking for their first win of the season.

Rovers are three leagues below Merrion and even though the top-flight side are winless, the Tallaght men will start rank outsiders Anything other than a win for the Ringsend Park-based outfit will be a major shock.

That said, the Hoops will know that Mount Merrion have only gained one point, which came against Phoenix, out of a possible 21 so far this term. On top of that, the Senior Division outfit have failed to score in three of their four games on home soil. Rovers have just one defeat in the Division 1B table and will be in confident mood for a trip.

FAI Intermediate Cup 1st Round

BLUEBELL UNITED v VERONA

Verona sit fourth in Division 1, but not even their good early season form should sidetrack the Bluebell juggernaut. The Bell are top of the league and, as record winners of this competition, they will be looking to make an impact in this season's Inter Cup.

Verdict: Home Win

GLENVILLE v BANGOR CELTIC

The Glens are top of Division 1A with six wins out of eight games and with this game being played on home soil, the Palmerstown side will be up for this one. Bangor will need to thread carefully, but they should do just about enough to go through.

Verdict: Away Win

FIRHOUSE CLOVER v CELBRIDGE TOWN

Firhouse recorded their first win of the season last weekend when they got the better of Newbridge Town and the Tallaght side will be looking to build on that new found confidence.

Verdict: Home Win

MOUNT MERRION v SHAMROCK ROVERS

The Hoops to pick apart Mount Merrion's brittle confidence and cause the upset of the day.

Verdict: Away Win

BROADFORD ROVERS v GLEBE NORTH

Glebe are unbeaten in five Senior Division games while Broadford are bottom of the Division 1 table. The Balbriggan side should have no problems in progressing to the second round.

Verdict: Away Win

CRUMLIN UNITED v PORTMARNOCK

The Ports play their first ever Intermediate Cup tie and who did they go and draw? Yes ... the holders and arguably the best amateur team in the country. Portmarnock will battle and run all day for the cause, but Crumlin will have far too much guile and artistry for them.

Verdict: Home Win

VALEVIEW SHANKILL v DUBLIN BUS

A six-point return from 18 on offer is the tale of woe for Valeview. The Bus will not like having to travel but they should be able overcome Valeview and march into the next round.

Verdict: Away Win

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