Waterford FC’s Michael O’Connor and Chris Shields of Dundalk in action last season. They will renew rivalry in the first round of the FAI Cup. Photo: Inpho.
Waterford FC will get their bid to end a 40-year famine of not winning the FAI Senior Challenge Cup underway with the one of the hardiest draws possible after they were paired with SSE Airtricity Premier Division champions Dundalk FC.
The draw, which was made by current Republic of Ireland Under 21 manager and former Blues coach Jim Crawford, will see John Sheridan’s side make the trip to Oriel Park to take on Vinny Perth’s men.
There will an added spice to the cup tie as it will also see Alan Reynolds come up against his former club after exiting stage left at the RSC last month to join Dundalk in what is sure to be a most interesting cup tie.
Waterford FC have been handed a tough draw as they bid to win their first FAI Cup since 1980. Photo: Irish Examiner.
Not since Brian Gardner’s brilliant header against St. Patrick’s Athletic in 1980 have the Blues won the cup and if they are going to do it in the year they are going to have to do it the hard way.
In the other first round ties, Cork City will have a home game against Longford Town that will see Neale Fenn face his former club after leaving the Midlands for a return to Leeside, while Finn Harps will take on St. Patrick’s Athletic at Finn Harps.
The extra.ie FAI Senior Challenge Cup Draw as follows
Finn Harps v St Patrick’s Athletic
Dundalk FC v Waterford FC
Cork City v Longford Town
The 13 byes to the 2nd Round as drawn – Derry City, Cabinteely, Shelbourne, Bray Wanderers, Sligo Rovers, Wexford FC, Shamrock Rovers, Athlone Town, UCD, Galway United, Cobh Ramblers, Bohemians, Drogheda United.
- The fixtures for the resumption of the Airtricity League Premier Division will be announced at 6pm this evening.