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Thursday 14 December 2017

Bus get caught between Rock and hard place

When it comes to drawing the short straw in the FAI Intermediate Cup, a trip to Cork giants and three-times winners Rockmount fits the bill perfectly.

Tomorrow, Dublin Bus of the LSL Senior Division, short straw in hand, will head to the Rebel County to meet Roy Keane's former club knowing full well that this is the tie all other LSL sides were happy to side-step.

The Mount's home record in this competition is frightening, they rarely draw on their own patch never mind lose, their squad is packed with some of the brightest talent in amateur football and that old Cork versus Dublin rivalry will turn the heat up another couple of notches.

To say that the Bus have it all to do would be the understatement of the season, but the Coldcut club has plenty of talent in their own squad with the likes of Mark Rutherford, Phillip Sheppard and Robbie Shields all adding a touch of class to the set up.

The LSL side have showed their capabilities in this competition with three previous wins over TEK United, Moyle Park College and Wayside Celtic.

For the Cork side the draw has been very kind to them this season. A bye in the first round was followed by three home ties on the bounce as they dismissed St Mary's, Drumcondra and Malahide United.

Now the Bus are next on the agenda for a side yet to be beaten in the Munster Senior League Premier Division this season, but the Dublin side will feel that all unbeaten runs have to come to an end at some stage and tomorrow would be a perfect time for it to happen.

FAI Intermediate Cup Quarter-Final

ROCKMOUNT v DUBLIN BUS

The Bus will need to be at their very best if they are to leave Cork with their Intermediate Cup hopes still alive. While this will be tough it is not an impossible task, and if they can hold out against the early onslaught the Bus might just hold out for a draw. If they leak early, it could be a long, long day for the Dubs. Verdict: Draw.

Cahill Cup Second Round

CHERRY ORCHARD v GLENMORE DUNDRUM

These two will finally get a chance to kick a ball in anger in this competition tomorrow morning. A bye in the first round for both followed by a couple of cancellations of this tie has meant a delay in completing the second round games. The Orchard may be sitting down the wrong of the Senior Division table, but they will have too much for a Glens side that is well off the pace in the league below. Verdict: Home Win.

Senior Division

WAYSIDE CELTIC v PHOENIX

Celtic's desperate drive for points continues tomorrow at Jackson Park against a robust and battle-hardened Phoenix side. The 'Nix will not care for Wayside's perilous position in the league and will be more than happy to shovel on more misery. The visitors will be looking to complete a league double over Wayside and there isn't much to suggest that the home side can stop the rot. Verdict: Away Win.

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