THE first-round draw for the FAI Cup has sent Cork City away to First Division side Cabinteely.
John Cotter will be hoping to guide City on another run in a competition which has provided the Leesiders with plenty of memories in the Aviva Stadium over recent years, winning it in 2016 and 2017.
Under the management of League Of Ireland stalwart Pat Devlin, Cabo are pushing heavily for the First Division promotion play-offs at the moment.
A successful cup run looks essential for Cork City’s season, given that it looks an almost impossible ask for them to earn a European place through the league.
Current FAI Cup holders Dundalk will travel to play Cobh Ramblers in St Colman’s Park.
Ramblers famously defeated the Lilywhites in Cobh last term in the semi-final of the EA Sports Cup, and will hope for more magic on this occasion.
Cobh got to the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup in 2016, when they were beaten away to St Patrick’s Athletic.
It offers the potential of a big home gate at St Colman’s Park, something which Ramblers would dearly welcome.
FAI Intermediate Cup winners Avondale United, who have appointed Cork City attacker Karl Sheppard as their head coach for the forthcoming season, have been drawn away to First Division promotion chasers Drogheda United.
Meanwhile, Cobh Wanderers will also have a home tie with League Of Ireland opposition to look forward to in the form of Limerick.
It will be a good opportunity for both the Munster Senior League sides to test themselves against national league opposition.
Of the other ties, there is what should be a hotly contested Dublin derby between near neighbours Bohemians and Shelbourne.
Shamrock Rovers, seeking their first FAI Cup since 1987, will play Finn Harps in Tallaght.
The Hoops would welcome a trophy to illustrate the progress made under Stephen Bradley.
All games are due to be played the weekend of August 11.
FAI CUP DRAW: UCD v Letterkenny Rovers; Shamrock Rovers v Finn Harps; St Patrick’s Athletic v Bray Wanderers; Cobh Wanderers v Limerick; Maynooth University Town v Waterford; Lucan United v Killester Donnycarney; Bohemians v Shelbourne; Cabinteely v Cork City; Cobh Ramblers v Dundalk; Crumlin United v Malahide United; Collinstown v Galway United; Longford Town v Athlone Town; Glebe North v Sligo Rovers; Derry City v Wexford; St Michael’s v Glengad United; Drogheda United v Avondale United.
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