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Sunday 22 April 2018

Drums aim to make noise again in cup by edging out Killester

The top two in Senior Division 1 will collide in a thunderous northside derby tomorrow that is set to ignite the third round of the FAI Intermediate Cup as Killester United take on Drumcondra at Haddon Park.

So, as some of the LSL heavy-hitters continue on the path to national glory, they will have to step out of the limelight and let the focus turn to two sides from outside of the top flight.

While Killester are relatively new to this competition, Drums and the Inter Cup have plenty of history.

Drums were the first ever club to win this competition, back in 1927 when they defeated Cobh Ramblers.

They also landed the FAI Senior Cup the same year.

A Drumcondra B team won this title 20 years later in 1947, but since then the club has drifted through an array of different fortunes.

That was until now. These days, Gary Howlett, along with Terry Palmer, have the famous Drums heading in the right direction yet again.

Tomorrow though, Killester aim to put a speed bump in front of any resurgence in this trophy from the Morton Stadium-based side and Haddon Park is bound to be rocking.

FAI Intermediate Cup 3rd Rd (selected ties)

CRUMLIN UNITED v COCKHILL CELTIC: The Ulster Senior champions will make themselves tough to breakdown, get men behind the ball, frustrate the Dubliners and try to bring this tie back north. Crumlin will want to avoid such a scenario. The Blues will need patience in order to erode Celtic's stubborn streak, but should seal the deal. Verdict: Crumlin.

RINGMAHON RANGERS v TOLKA ROVERS: Rangers will make this a very uncomfortable day for high-flying Rovers. Paul Doyle, Rovers' boss, knows how to steer a ship through these choppy waters and Tolka can escape with a narrow win. Verdict: Tolka.

KILLESTER UNITED v DRUMCONDRA: Four points separate Drums from United at the summit of Division 1. Drums will be looking to bounce back after their first defeat of the season last week while United are back on track after a couple of league defeats. This will be a tight affair with United sneaking through. Verdict: Killester.

SKERRIES TOWN v LEIXLIP UNITED: Potential for a scalping at Park Lane when Town take on Senior Division basement side United. Town had a top-flight lesson a few weeks ago when Sacred Heart hit them for four. Leixlip will look to repeat the dose. Verdict: Leixlip.

LEEDS v MALAHIDE UNITED: Malahide's youthful team is in for a tough day. Leeds are in the top draw of Cork football and will want to make sure of avoiding a trip to Dublin prior to Christmas. Verdict: Leeds.

CASEMENT CELTIC v BLUEBELL UNITED: Casement are off the pace in the MSL third tier and if the 'Bell survive the opening first quarter helter skelter, they should advance. Verdict: Bluebell.

SWILLY ROVERS v UCD: This arduous trip to the tip of the country could well take its toll on College. Swilly struggled in the USL this season, but on home soil they could do some damage. Verdict: Swilly.

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