St Michael’s draw Limerick side in quest for Aviva cup showdown

FAI Junior Cup Ambassador Ray Houghton was at the Aviva Stadium for the draw for the Quarter Finals of the FAI Junior Cup with Aviva and Umbro.

FAI Junior Cup Ambassador Ray Houghton was at the Aviva Stadium for the draw for the Quarter Finals of the FAI Junior Cup with Aviva and Umbro.

Representatives from all eight quarter final sides were in attendance for the draw that threw up some big clashes in the quarter finals.

The pick of the draw Limerick’s Carew Park paired against Tipperary’s St. Michael’s. Carew Park reached the semi final last year only to lose to eventual winners Sheriff YC by just one goal. St. Michael’s have a big history in the competition finishing runners up four times in the past twelve years and without a win since 1974.

Reigning champions Sheriff YC were given a home draw for the quarter final with Geraldines FC of Limerick making the trip to the capital hoping to stop Sheriff’s quest for a three-in-a-row.

Collinstown FC from Dublin will host the students from NUI Galway in their quarter final, with the final quarter final pairing out of the hat seeing Ballynanty Rovers from Limerick at home to Liffey Wanderers from Dublin.

This year’s FAI Junior Cup Final, with Aviva and Umbro will again take place at the Aviva Stadium. The match will be the curtain raiser to Ireland’s senior International friendly against Turkey on 25th May. Last year’s final between two Dublin sides, Sheriff YC and Kilbarrack United, went to penalties after a 0-0 draw with Sheriff raising the trophy in front of 6,000 supporters.

Ray Houghton said - “Seeing the eight teams here today taking in the stadium will be a huge incentive to all of them in the quarter final. It will help them give that extra few percent to get somewhat closer to playing here in May. If that doesn’t motivate them in two weeks time then nothing will. Sheriff will be happy with the home draw but the big game is Carew and St. Michael’s and whoever wins that will be big contenders to be back here in May.”