The first round of the Extra.ie FAI Cup concludes tonight with two fascinating ties taking place. 

The draw for the second round is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. 

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Cork City v Longford Town, Turner's Cross, 7:45pm, WatchLOI.ie

Neale Fenn comes up against his former side tonight as Longford Town visit Turner's Cross in the FAI Cup.

Both these sides have more important matters in their respective divisions and will be focused on games against Sligo Rovers and Galway United on Friday.

But pride and a lift in morale will be at stake. Fenn's controversial exit from Town also adds intrigue as he comes up against his former assistant Daire Doyle. 

Team news

Cork City: Gearóid Morrissey is close to a return, but Daire O'Connor and Cory Galvin, who picked up knocks in the first half against Waterford on Saturday, are both unlikely to feature.

Longford Town: Dean Byrne and Thomas McLaughlin remain on the injury list for Longford. Manager Daire Doyle is expected to make some alterations from the Athlone game.

Gaffer Talk

Neale Fenn: "Obviously, I know the club (Longford) well, I know the team well, and everybody associated with it, but we'll put those friendships aside when the game kicks off, it'll be all business. It would be disrespectful to Longford to assume that, because they're a First Division team, we should go and fill our boots with goals.

"That won't be the case. It will be a difficult game against a good First Division team that will be probably be in the play-offs or getting promoted."


Dundalk v Waterford, Oriel Park, 7:45pm, WATCHLOI.ie

It's the first of two meetings of Dundalk and Waterford this week. The Lilywhites are reeling from a slow restart and now trail Shamrock Rovers by eight points in the SSE Airtricity League. 

The FAI Cup may represent a chance to get back on track.

The Blues were held to a 0-0 draw with Cork City at the weekend. John Sheridan will hope to cause an upset or two over the next four days. 

Team news

Dundalk: Vinny Perth has a full squad to choose from for the first meeting with The Blues in four days.

Waterford:John Sheridan will have a full squad to pick from, with John Martin and Jake Davidson both available for selection having missed Saturday’s match.

Gaffer Talk

Vinny Perth: "If we're playing close to European standard this week against Waterford, the result will look after itself.

"We’ve got to focus on getting our confidence back in the group and building momentum block by block.

"We’ve been here before many times and sometimes people look back with rose tinted glasses but it hasn’t always gone perfect in Dundalk.

"It’s time we just got back to playing like Dundalk again and playing with a bit more confidence."

John Sheridan: "I was disappointed after Saturday's game. I felt we did enough to win it, but that’s football. Some days you get the rub of the green and other days you don’t. We just need to regroup as a team and move on with it.

"It’s a quick turnaround but we’re looking forward to Tuesday’s game. The cup is one of those things where anything can happen so we’re looking forward to taking on Dundalk.

"We have two away trips within a few days, both at the home of the current Premier Division winners, so we know things will be tough. We’ll prepare as best as we can ahead of Tuesday’s game and give it our all."