Hall and Everton seek cup upsets

Munster Senior League duo Douglas Hall and Everton will be seeking to upset Airtricity League opposition in their FAI Ford Cup second round ties tomorrow.

Kelvin Flanagan’s Douglas Hall outfit will quietly fancy their chances of turning over visitors Wexford Youths at Moneygourney (2pm).

Douglas have been inconsistent in Flanagan’s first season in charge – finishing fifth in the MSL Premier Division, but they did claim one piece of silverware, the Donie Forde Trophy, back in March.

Douglas went down 3-0 to Bohemians at this stage last season but claimed a major scalp in 2007 when they hammered then First Division leaders Cobh Ramblers 4-1 in Cobh before taking Limerick to a replay in the next round.

Flanagan will hope the experience of Gerard O’Donovan and Brian Wilkinson, who both played in those games, will help Hall upset Shane Keegan’s Wexford side, currently fourth in the Airtricity First Division.

Everton also had a disappointing MSL campaign but were unlucky to bow out of the FAI Intermediate Cup at the semi-final stage to Avondale . They face Waterford United at Everton Park (3pm).

Waterford are third in the First Division and have won four out of their last five league matches. However, they won’t get it all their own way against Pat Browne’s Everton side.

FAI Intermediate Cup and MSL winners Avondale United make the long trek north to take on Donegal’s Kildrum Tigers at Station Road Park (1pm).

Avondale have had a marvellous season and had the MSL title wrapped up weeks ago and followed that up by claiming back-to-back Intermediate Cup titles against Cherry Orchard.

Manager John Cotter must plan without suspended skipper Karl Caulfield but ‘The Dales’ should advance, although they may need a replay back in Cork.

Leinster Senior League champions Crumlin United will hope they’re not on the end of a backlash from Airtricity Premier Division high-flyers and neighbours St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park (3pm).

This is a home game for Crumlin but Martin Loughran’s side usually play their home FAI Cup matches at the home of St Pat’s, which gives Liam Buckley’s side an even better chance of making up for last Monday’s surprising home loss to Dundalk.

In the last second round tie tomorrow, Cherry Orchard welcome First Division leaders Longford Town to Frank Cooke Park (2pm).


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