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FAI Ford Cup previews: Derry begin FAI Cup defence

Updated: Saturday, 01 Jun 2013 13:10 | Comments

Derry City are the reigning champions
Derry City are the reigning champions

FAI Ford Cup holders Derry City begin the defence of the trophy on Saturday afternoon when they face Munster Senior League side Blarney United at O’Shea Park.

It is one of seven games down for decision today as the second round of the 2013 FAI Ford Cup continues.

On Friday night, six teams – Drogheda United, Bray Wanderers, Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers, Finn Harps and Shelbourne – all advanced to the third round while Tolka Rovers and College Corinthians must meet again after drawing 2-2 in Frank Cook Park.

That replay will take place on Saturday, 8 June, at 3pm in Corinthians Park, Cork.

Previews

St Patrick’s CY v Cobh Ramblers, Frank Cooke Park, 2.30pm

St Patrick’s CY finished 11th in the Leinster Senior League and lost their last five league games but they face a Cobh Ramblers side whose recent form hasn’t been too impressive either as they are without a win in their last six league games.

Blarney United v Derry City, O’Shea Park, 3pm

Blarney United finished fourth in the Munster Senior League First Division and face a Derry City side that is currently third in the Airtricity League Premier Division as well as being holders of the FAI Ford Cup.

The sides faced each other in the same round back in 2006, where two goals from Mark Farren saw Derry running out 3-1 winners on that occasion and going on to reach the final where they beat St Patrick’s Athletic 4-3 after extra-time in the last ever game at Lansdowne Road.

Glenville v Limerick, Home Farm FC, 3pm

Glenville may play in the third tier of Intermediate football within the Leinster Senior League but they are a side in form having won their final nine league games of the season to finish second in Senior Division 1A and missed out on the title by one point.

Limerick have been impressive this season on their return to the Airtricity League Premier Division with just four defeats in 15 game and have already reached the quarter-finals of the EA SPORTS Cup.

St Patrick’s Athletic v UCD, Richmond Park, 5pm

The sides met last Tuesday night when St Pat’s beat UCD 5-0 to open up a five point lead at the top of the Airtricity League Premier Division.

St Pat’s were last year’s beaten finalists and are looking to bridge a gap of 52 years since their last Cup win in 1961 while UCD’s one and only cup success came in 1984. In the previous four FAI Cup ties with the Belfield outfit, St Pat’s have progressed each time, albeit needing a replay on two occasions.

Bluebell United v Athlone Town, John Hyland Park, 7pm

Bluebell finished fifth in the Leinster Senior League despite having six points deducted during the season and, after losing just one of their final seven league games, will be looking to catch on the hop an Athlone Town side that was surprisingly beaten at home by ten-man Waterford United last week.

These two clubs met in the FAI Cup back in 1983 when Athlone won 2-0 to reach the last eight.

Waterford United v Sligo Rovers, RSC, 7pm

Managerless Waterford United are unbeaten since the departure of Paul O’Brien with a 1-1 draw against Limerick in the EA SPORTS Cup after extra-time (they lost on penalties) and a 1-0 win away to Athlone Town last weekend.

The two clubs' FAI Cup record on Suirside is very finely balanced with the four meetings producing a win for each side, two draws, and four goals apiece.

Sligo have the upper hand in the overall Cup record, with three wins to Waterford's two in the ten games played, and ahead 10-9 on goals scored.

Longford Town v Pike Rovers, City Calling Stadium, 7.30pm

First Division leaders Longford Town face junior side Pike Rovers who are currently involved in a head to head battle with Carew Park for the Limerick District League title. Longford have lost only twice in 12 league games (both to Finn Harps) while Pike reached the semi-finals of the FAI Junior Cup.

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