Cook scratches head as Cup throws up Pike

GALWAY UNITED’S visit to Dundalk will be only all-Premier League tie in the Ford FAI Cup third round after the draw was made last night.

Holders Sligo Rovers will be confident of advancing to the next round after being drawn at home to Pike Rovers.

Sligo boss Paul Cook was pleased with a home draw but admitted to knowing little about the Limerick junior club.

“To be drawn at home first is important,’’ Cook said, before admitting, “Pike Rovers is a new name to me. We’ll have to do a bit of research on them. We’ll have to do our homework and act in the utmost professional manner.’’

Last season’s beaten finalists Shamrock Rovers begin their challenge to go one better with a home game against Athlone Town.

The draw also threw up some intriguing derbies as Cork City were drawn away to Midleton, while St Patrick’s Athletic will have a short trip to Crumlin for their tie.

FAI FORD CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW (Ties to be played weekend of June 4): Salthill Devon v Sheriff YC, Drogheda United v Mervue United, Waterford United v New Ross Celtic, Cherry Orchard v UCD, Monaghan United v Everton, Wexford Youths v Derry City, Crumlin United v St Patrick’s Athletic, Greystones v Shelbourne, Sacred Heart v Limerick, Sligo Rovers v Pike Rovers, Bohemians v Douglas, Dundalk v Galway United, Longford Town v Finn Harps, Midleton v Cork City, Shamrock Rovers v Athlone Town, Youghal United v Bray Wanderers.


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