The FAI Ford Cup kicks-off in earnest on Friday night and the All-Premier League clash between Bray Wanderers and Shelbourne will be broadcast live on RTÉ Two and on www.rte.ie from 7pm.
Shelbourne, who were beaten on penalties by Sligo in last year’s final, should have a full squad to choose from. Both Sean Byrne and David Cassidy are available following suspension, while Lorcan Fitzgerald and Stephen Hurley have recovered from injury.
Bray may have to do without the services of top goal-scorer Jason Byrne, while central defender Adam Mitchell may miss out for personal reasons.
Sligo Rovers will bid to lift the cup for a remarkable third season in a row but will consider the visit Monaghan United to the Showgrounds a tricky assignment.
Sligo will be without Romauld Boco who is with Benin on international duty. Iarfhlaith Davoren is out with a calf problem, Joseph Ndo will sit out due to a hamstring complaint but Ross Gaynor and Gavin Peers return.
Both Shaun Maher and Conor Mc Mahon have been added to the Monaghan injury list. On the positive side Alan Byrne is back, while Robert Bayly should also be available.
Former Shamrock Rovers boss Pat Scully will take his Limerick side to Tallaght Stadium with every intention of causing an upset.
Ciaran Kilduff remains out of the Rovers squad recovering from a foot operation. Chris Turner is suspended for the game, while Ronan Finn is also a doubt with a hamstring I jury, but will be given every chance to return to prove his fitness.
Limerick have won their last three games while the Hoops were held to a scoreless draw by Monaghan United on Monday.
Bohemians will host Donegal outfit Drumkeen United in what could be a testing encounter at Dalymount Park.
The Gypsies captain Owen Heary and goalkeeper Andy McNulty (both hamstring) remain sidelined. Neil Harney (illness) has returned to training but is not fully fit and Dinny Corcoran (groin) is still a doubt.
John O’Connor is out with a throat infection and Roberto Lopes faces a late fitness.
Managed by Brendan Bonner and Chris Kyle, Drumkeen’s Ulster Senior League season kicked off earlier this month with three defeats but they come in the tie on the back of a 3-3 draw against Swilly Rovers.
Former Cork City chairman John O’Sullivan makes a surprise early return to Turner’s Cross in his new role as CEO of Athlone Town.
The Rebels have a number of players out injured, with Shane O’Connor (foot) and Jamie Murphy (ankle) still sidelined. Knee injury victims Stephen Mulcahy, Kevin Murray and Neal Horgan are back in training but are not yet in contention for selection.
City ran out 7-0 winners when these sides met in the league last season but Cork know that the task ahead of them is likely to be a tougher one in this tie.
Derry City have been handed a derby clash as they host neighbours Finn Harps in an intriguing tie at the Brandywell.
The Candystripes will be without Stewart Greacen and Kevin Deery, who are both suffering from knee problems.
Former Derry caretaker boss Peter Hutton is now in sole charge of Harps and will be hoping for a better result than his side enjoyed in the EA Sports Cup earlier in the season, when Derry ran out 4-0 winners.
Drogheda will look to prove their cup credentials when Mick Cooke’s side hosts Munster Senior League outfit Mayfield United.
Stephen Quigley is the only absentee from Drogheda’s Friday night's squad, he picked up a calf injury but is expected to be back for the trip to Dundalk next week.
Mayfield will look to go one better than their neighbours Cork City, who were held to a draw at Hunky Dorys Park last Monday. Tadhg O’Neill’s side finished third in their league this term.
Dundalk will look to build some momentum in the cup to build on their surprise league win over St Patrick’s Athletic on Monday with a similar result against their namesakes.
St Pat’s CY are nearing the end of a very impressive campaign in the top flight of the Leinster Senior League and will travel to Oriel Park looking to cause a shock.
Munster Senior League outfit Blarney United will be looking to make home advantage tell when Dubliners Malahide United visit O’Shea Park.
Malahide are managed by former FAI Ford Cup winner Vinny Perth and have enjoyed an impressive season, earning promotion to the top division of the Leinster Senior League.
SD Galway and Mervue United meet in a Galway-derby that has a unique feel to it. The two sides drew 2-2 in the Airtricity League when they met in April and the home side are still looking for their first home win of the campaign.
Mervue come into the side in reasonable form with two wins from four.
UCD proved their quality with a 1-0 win over Sligo Rovers on Monday but will face a tough test against Leinster Senior League outfit Phoenix.
The Navan Road side feature a number of experienced former league stars in their set-up with Harry Kenny and Marc Kenny involved in the structure.