FAI Junior Cup: Dublin clubs begin their quest to the Aviva

By Jonny Stapleton 

IT’S FAI Junior Cup third-round weekend meaning a host of Dublin clubs hoping to take the next step along the road to the Aviva.

With the decline of the AUL most of the Dublin entrants come from the Leinster Senior League lower leagues and the second string Saturday leagues.

However, as Europe biggest [numerically] cup competition and a tournament with huge historical significance the all-Ireland contest still holds massive prestige and every club will dream of gracing the Aviva in the final.

One club that came so close to playing the home of the International team last year were Oliver Bond Celitc. 

The Dolphin’s Barn side exited at the semi-final stage to nearby rivals Usher Celtic. With this year possibly being their last in Junior football and thus their last year in this cup contest they are going all out to win it and play Ballyouster away on Friday. 

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Kilmore Celtic are a side with similar ambitions and capabilities and they play Trim Celtic on the same evening.

Progressive Ballyfermot side Colepark have enjoyed some big cup wins in recent years and they will be looking progress toward the open draw when they play Kingscourt Harps on Saturday afternoon.

The Saturday side of the draw throws up some mouthwatering clashes, none less so than the Northside derby between near neighbours and rivals Tokla Rovers and St Kevin’s Boys. 

Liffey Wanders, winners before their Sunday side went Indermediate – and Bluebell is always a tasty match regardless of it it’s a first or second string match – and they meet in Irishtown on Saturday.

Open draw regulars Crumlin United travel to Jackson Park to take on Wayside, while Booth Road, another strong Saturday side with a reputation in the tournament, face Drumcondra FC at Baskin Lane.  

Malahide, who considering the strength of their first-team squad should be one of the more fancied Dublin sides, takes on Swords Manor away on an eventful 19-match cup Saturday.

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