Limerick FC will face a trip to First Division side Cobh Ramblers in the opening round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup, with the tie to be played on the weekend ending Sunday, August 13.
The Last-32 game – which will likely kick-off on the Saturday evening, will be played to a finish as the first and second stages of this year’s competition will go to extra-time and penalties if required. No replays will take place.
Neil McDonald’s side will travel to Coleman Park in a tough fixture against Stephen Henderson’s young team who will be focusing on a cup run following defeat to runaway First Division leaders Waterford United at the weekend.
Following Limerick’s inconsistent form in the league in their quest for European football next season, McDonald has stated the importance of the cup which could also provide a pathway to prestigious Europa League qualification.
“It is a massive competition and one I would like to do well in. We will give them every respect. We will be going with a very strong team to go and try and win the game,” said McDonald.
All ties are set to take place on the weekend ending Sunday, August 13 with dates and times to be confirmed in due course.
Waterford v Shelbourne
Bluebell United v Sheriff YC
Cobh Ramblers v Limerick FC
Longford Town v Sligo Rovers
Bray Wanderers v Cork City
Dundalk v Derry City
Portmarnock v Saint Patrick’s Athletic
Wexford v Crumlin United
Finn Harps v Bohemians
Cabinteely v UCD
Shamrock Rovers v Glenville
Cobh Wanderers v Killarney Celtic
Bangor Celtic v Everton
Ballincollig v Athlone Town
Evergreen v Drogheda United
Killester United v Galway United
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