Leinster junior cup: Dublin derbies headline exciting cup weekend

The Leinster Junior Cup takes centre stage for Dublin amateur teams this weekend. 

Eleven ties will take place across three days and two rounds in the prestigious provincial competition.

Among those 11 are some very interesting Dublin derbies, none more so than Booth Road versus Bluebell United in a second round contest on Saturday.

Booth Road are one of the stronger Saturday sides outside of the second string top flight and have proven as much by reaching the FAI Junior Cup open draw on numerous occasions. 

They will welcome nearby rivals Bluebell to the SDFL Astro confident in their upset chances.

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Crumlin versus Wayside Celtic at Pearse Park is another interesting capital clash. Recent history suggests Crumlin are Dublin’s best Saturday side, they are regular winners of the Saturday top division and always have good cup run in them. However, Wayside are another team with a strong history, are a good side and a meeting of the two historical amateur big guns is always tasty.

Lucan United’s first team are flying in the LSL second division at present and their Saturday side have a chance to steal some spotlight for themselves this coming Friday night. 

They travel to Ashbourne United to battle for a place in the fourth round of a competition most recently won by Wexford giants North End United.

The Sunday section also throws up some interesting ties as Kilmore Celtic welcome Mullingar Athletic to Coolock. The Intermediate hopefuls would be deemed one of the stronger Dublin sides remaining. 

Their Major Sunday rivals Ballyfermot are in a similar boat, heading to Wexford where they face Glynn Barntown for a place in the fourth round. Swords side Rivervalley Rangers are also on the road as they take on Rock Celtic of Louth.

Class act: UCD star Colm Whelan with his SSE Airtricity/SWI Player of the Month award for November at the UCD Bowl. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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