FRIDAY

Bray Wanderers v Finn Harps - Carlisle Grounds - 7:45pm

It’s a first game in charge for new manager Gary Cronin at Bray Wanderers. The former Longford Town assistant will be familiar with Harps and knows a win for the First Division side would not be a major shock. Ollie Horgan may look at some fringe players given the second tier is reaching the climax of the main part of the season and promotion is the major focus amid a crammed table.

Shelbourne v Athlone Town - Tolka Park - 7:45pm

The feel-good factor at Shelbourne continues with some experienced signings and some real signs of progression after years of stagnation at Tolka Park. Indeed tickets prices have been reduced to a maximum of €10 to encourage a home support. The same feeling cannot be said for Athlone who are winless, on the field, for over a year and are awaiting the sweet release of the end of the season with just two points earned from 23 games.

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers - United Park - 7:45pm

The 'Drive for 25' has turned into a highway for the Hoops. They are searching for a landmark Cup success having last lifted the trophy in 1987. It’s a major part of their season and no doubt getting to a final this year would give Stephen Bradley’s reign much more credibility. Drogheda are no walkovers – but again this isn’t their focus.

Dundalk v Cobh Ramblers - Carlisle Grounds - 7:45pm

It was one of the great shocks of recent times when Cobh Ramblers turned over Dundalk in the League Cup. A team with the likes of John Mountey, Dylan Connolly, Dane Massey, Ronan Murray and Daniel Cleary were humbled by the amateur side reaching their first ever final. Expect a stronger Dundalk side and a revenge mission to end in success this time.

UCD v Pike Rovers - Carlisle Grounds - 7:45pm

The First Division trophy looks set for the UCD Bowl this year, with the Students needing just a couple more wins to guarantee promotion. They have a strong squad to choose from by First Division standards including players looking for a chance to impress. Pike lost the Junior Cup final on penalties this year and present a decent test. This is one possible upset. One factor is Pike are just returning for their new season. UCD will be that bit sharper.

Inchicore Athletic v St Patrick's Athletic - Richmond Park - 7:45pm

One of the most local derbies you’ll come cross. A brilliant run by Inchicore Athletic set up their progress at the expense of Crumlin United and sure enough they drew another neighbour. It should be a routine night for the Saints but a memorable one for the football community in the area.

Wexford FC v Bohemians - Ferrycarrig Park - 7:45pm

It hasn’t been an easy season for Wexford, with an interim management team in charge since the departure of Damien Locke last month. Bohemians look to be close to safety after two big home wins in the league recently and a FAI Cup run could add some garnish to otherwise a mediocre season.

SATURDAY

Dublin Bus v CIE Ranch - Coldcut - 7:45pm

Amidst a sea of puns and jokes is a football game, again by two neighbours competing in the Leinster Senior League. After the draw, CIE manager Keith Cronin spoke of his disappointment that they didn’t get paired with a League of Ireland side. CIE are Division 1A so will be favourites as two sides play their first competitive game of the campaign.

Maynooth University Town v Leeds AFC – Maynooth University Astro - 7:45pm

The hosts compete in the second tier of the Leinster Senior League and welcome Leeds of Cork tonight. Both teams will see this has a golden chance to go deeper in the tournament  and there won't be much between them. Maynooth won the FAI Intermediate Cup back in May with a 4-1 extra-time defeat of Firhouse Clover.

Blarney United v Derry City -  O’Shea Park - 7:45pm

The Cork non-leaguers played Derry in the second round of this tournament back in 2006, giving a really good account of themselves in a 3-1 loss to that year's eventual FAI Cup winners. They clashed again in 2013 - the Candystripes won 4-0 this time - so they'll be hoping it's third time lucky. Realistically, Kenny Shiels' men should have too much quality to slip up in Cork but it's another opportunity fore the Munster Senior League men to show hat they can do against one of the big boys.

Skerries Town v Waterford FC - Skerries Rugby Club- 7:45pm

It's a great tie for the Goats, who welcome one of the strongest sides in the Premier Division to the north County Dublin coast. Skerries compete in the third tier of the Leinster Senior League and this is an occasion their young team can relish and enjoy. Waterford are third in the top tier and are dark horses to go all the way this year. On their day, they can beat anyone.

Newmarket Celtic v Cabinteely -  Frank Healy Park - 7:45pm

It's the first time Newmarket have ever made it this far in the FAI Cup and the Clare men will be determined to give a good account of themselves. Cabinteely are fourth from bottom in the First Division and their promotion hopes are, realistically, done and dusted. A good cup run would breathe life into their campaign but they can expect a battle in Ennis against he fired-up underdogs. 

North End United v Galway United - Ferrycarrig Park - 7:45pm

This is another tie that has possible upset written on it. The Junior Cup holders take on inconsistent Galway who this week learned their proposed Saudi takeover looks set to fade away. North End are a decent side, winning seven games to claim that trophy, so this is one game to keep an eye on.

Sligo Rovers v Longford Town - The Showgrounds - 7:45pm

This is possibly the best chance of an upset this weekend. Last year, Longford shocked Sligo with a 4-2 extra-time and after the big disappointment of  League Cup semi-final defeat on Monday, the pressure will be on the Bit O’ Red to reverse the form. Longford had a comfortable success over Athlone Town to bounce back from a hammering against Shelbourne. They could do with a boost ahead of the final matches of the First Division.

SUNDAY

Home Farm v Cork City - Whitehall- 1pm

On the back of the Europa League game with Rosenborg, Cork face an early kick-off in Dublin on Sunday morning. Expect multiple changes from John Caulfield ahead of the second leg in Norway. There will be a good crowd out to see the champions, who will be mindful of what happened to Dundalk in Cobh.

Cockhill Celtic v Limerick - Charlie O'Donnell Park - 3pm

Six-in-a-row Ulster league winners Cockhill Celtic have been seeking a breakout win outside of that competition and this is a draw to relish. Limerick, batting for their Premier Division survival, looked very poor against Bohemians last week. The weakening of their squad finally caught up with them. The manner in which they respond will decide this tie.