Cork City boss will face his former club in the first round of the FAI Cup

Cork City boss will face his former club in the first round of the FAI Cup
Neale Fenn, manager, posing for a squad picture at Bishopstown Stadium earlier this season. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

CORK City will face manager Neale Fenn’s former side Longford Town in the first round of the FAI Cup following Monday’s draw.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, this year’s cup is limited to SSE Airtricity League sides and with Shamrock Rovers II unable to compete there are just 19 entrants. 

As a result, there were three first-round ties drawn, with the other 13 clubs receiving byes to the second round.

City were drawn at home to Longford, from whom Fenn joined as boss last season, with a date to confirmed. Elsewhere, league champions Dundalk will host Waterford – recently departed Blues boss Alan Reynolds has just joined the Lilywhites as assistant manager – and Finn Harps will clash with St Patrick’s Athletic. 

Five of the six teams involved in the first round are Premier League sides, with Longford the only first-division club not to receive a bye.

Having reached four consecutive FAI Cup finals between 2015 and 2018 – winning the 2016 and 2017 deciders against Dundalk – City exited the cup in the second round last year after losing to Galway United.

During Fenn’s time in charge of Longford, City were twice successful in cup games there. 

In 2017, John Caulfield’s side triumphed 4-1 in a quarter-final tie while in 2018, also at the last-eight stage, the Rebel Army cruised to a 7-0 victory at the City Calling Stadium. Kieran Sadlier scored a hat-trick in that game as part of a run which saw him score in every round of the cup.

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