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Thursday 15 November 2018

Away days for Bohs, Saints

SUPER KEEPER: Gavin Bazunu of Shamrock Rovers with his SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month award for July. Pic: Sportsfile
SUPER KEEPER: Gavin Bazunu of Shamrock Rovers with his SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month award for July. Pic: Sportsfile

St Patrick's Athletic will have to survive a trip to Derry if they are to make further progress in the FAI Cup.

And their local rivals Bohemians and Shelbourne will also clock up in the mileage in the competition, both teams on the road in the second round as Bohs have been drawn away to Galway United while Shels face a test away to Longford Town.

St Pat's have struggled in Derry this term in the league, two games and two losses away to City and Liam Buckley will demand a big performance at the Brandywell.

Bohs last won the competition in 2008 and a Cup success would offer the Gypsies a return to European football for the first time since 2012 and Keith Long's side have been in scoring form of late, 18 goals scored in the last four games including last week's 7-0 win over Wexford in the Cup.

Shels have the edge over Longford in their league meetings this season, a 6-1 win for the Reds earlier this month, but Neale Fenn's Longford are on a high after their win over Sligo Rovers on Saturday.

Holders Cork City will face non-league opposition for the second round in a row, John Caulfield's men at home to Maynooth University Town.

Last season's beaten finalists, Dundalk, will be pleased to have avoided an away draw but they will know they face a stiff test against an in-form Finn Harps side who knocked top flight side Bray Wanderers out in the first round.

Drogheda United's reward for a first-round win over Shamrock Rovers is another tie with a Premier Division side, Waterford due to visit United Park later this month.

Cabinteely have been drawn away to Limerick while CIE Ranch got a home draw, against Division One champions-elect UCD.

Meanwhile, Gavin Bazunu has thanked those around him at Shamrock Rovers who helped the 16-year-old land the player of the month award from the SSE Airtricity Soccer Writers Association.

"Rovers is everything to me and I just want to keep working hard, do my Leaving Certificate next year and be the best footballer that I can be," he said.

FAI CUP SECOND ROUND DRAW

Cork City v Maynooth; CIE Ranch v UCD; Derry City v St Patrick's Athletic; Drogheda United v Waterford; Dundalk v Finn Harps; Galway United v Bohemians; Limerick v Cabinteely; Longford Town v Shelbourne.

Ties to be played weekend of August 24

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