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Thursday 16 August 2018

Malahide have got something to Crowe about

The five remaining LSL sides will enter the FAI Intermediate Cup battlefield tomorrow knowing that victory will put them to within one win of a national final.

The league is ensured of at least two sides in the semi-finals as Cherry Orchard, last season's runners-up, take on Malahide United while Killester United and Verona clash at Haddon Park.

Phoenix will aim to make it three from four when they meet Everton in Cork.

One man that knows all about the ups and downs of this competition is Malahide United manager Vinnie Perth, who famously netted a winning goal for Cherry Orchard and picked up a red card within a minute of each other in the 1998 final.

The Orchard's main concern tomorrow, and Perth's not-so-secret weapon, will be the menacing presence of Glen Crowe. The former Bohemians goal-machine has been testing the strength of the nets in the LSL for fun this season.

Malahide is a Senior Division club in all but name and tomorrow's game is their chance to show that they belong with the big boys.

FAI INTERMEDIATE CUP QUARTER FINALS

KILLESTER UNITED v VERONA

Verona are in an unique situation where they start this game as underdogs despite sitting two leagues above Killester. The Haddon Park club has belied their Division 1B status as they picked off a string of top flights sides, including Wayside and Crumlin. Verona may just upset proceedings by bringing this to a replay. Verdict: Draw.

EVERTON v PHOENIX

Phoenix are aware of the potential pitfalls of their trip to Cork and if they can soak up the early pressure they can book a place in the last four. Verdict: Away Win.

CHERRY ORCHARD v MALAHIDE UNITED

This is going to be war and Orchard's recent patchy form could leave them open for a shock. Verdict: Away Win.

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