Celtic to find a Way' past Broadford
The new-look Herald Metropolitan Cup kicks off tomorrow and for the first time all four intermediate divisions will be taking part in the LSL's most prestigious competition.
All 56 intermediate sides will get a taste of Metro magic this season as the competition gets bigger and better than ever. Holders Wayside Celtic kick off their defence with a home clash against Broadford Rovers, who sit two leagues below their Jackson Park hosts.
Normally this would be a home banker, but Celtic's stuttering start and early exit from the Intermediate Cup casts a shadow across the famous club's season.
Rovers will look to expose the cracks in Wayside's fragile confidence and produce one of the shocks of the first round.
HERALD METROPOLITAN CUP (Selected ties – kick-offs at 11am due to the FAI Cup Final)
KILLESTER CELTIC v MALAHIDE UNITED
There will be a few uncomfortable moments for John Gill's Malahide, but the Senior Division side should have enough to take care of the Celts. Verdict: Malahide Utd.
SKERRIES TOWN v SACRED HEART
Skerries will aim to expose Sacred Heart's shattered confidence in what will be tough battle. If Town can get on top early they might just cause a first-round sensation. Verdict: Skerries Town.
WAYSIDE CELTIC v BROADFORD ROVERS
The Celts will not want a repeat of their Inter Cup exit and should send Rovers and any notions of a cup shock packing. Verdict: Wayside Celtic.
BANGOR CELTIC v GREYSTONES
This will be a full-throttle cup tie. Stones will try to match the physicality of Celtic, but the Senior Division side's little bit of class will shine through. Verdict: Bangor.
ST JOSEPH'S BOYS v FIRHOUSE CLOVER
Firhouse will need their Senior Division wits about them in this one, but the Tallaght side should be able to advance. Verdict: Firhouse Clover.
UCD v KILNAMANAGH
UCD have already dismantled the Tallaght side in Intermediate Cup this season and expect more of the same tomorrow. Verdict: UCD.