The draw for the Second Round of the EA Sports Cup has been made, with the pick of the ties being a first competitive clash with a Premier Division side for Cabinteely FC, as they will take on Shamrock Rovers in Stradbrook.
FAI Competitions director Fran Gavin and Republic of Ireland U19 manager Paul Doolin made the draw at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown, with some interesting ties in store for the next round.
Pat Fenlon's Rovers received a bye in the First Round and Cabinteely's reward for winning the Southside derby with UCD is a home clash against the Hoops – it will be the first time these two teams who play in green and white will face each other in League of Ireland history.
UCC, meanwhile, have been given home advatange in a local derby as they have been drawn against Martin Cambridge's Cobh Ramblers. The university outfit from Cork stunned Shane Keegan's Wexford Youths in the previous round, so Cobh will be wary of becoming another scalp of the side jointly managed by Noel Healy and Hugh O'Leary.
Another of the scalpers from the First Round, Crumlin United, will face a sterner test than the one provided to them by Bray Wanderers – the Leinster Senior League outfit have been drawn to face FAI Cup holders St. Patrick's Athletic. Martin Loughran's side have been given home advantage though, with Pat's set to make a short trip, most likely to Pearse Park, for the tie.
Current EA Sports Cup holders Dundalk enter the competition in the Second Round, and the first obstacle they face in the fight to retain their trophy comes in the form of Kevin Doherty's Shelbourne. The Reds have already accounted for one half of the Louth rivarly in this competition, defeating Drogheda United 1-0 at United Park in the First Round – but Stephen Kenny's side will be a different prospect altogether at Oriel Park.
Two other clubs entering the 2015 EA Sports Cup at the Second Round stage are First Division Waterford United and Premier Division Cork City, and they have been drawn to face each other at the RSC. Elsewhere, Ulster Senior League side Cockhill Celtic will take a trip to Tommy Dunne's Galway United to play their first game of the competition, while Sligo Rovers will host Derry City and Longford Town will travel to Dalymount Park to face in form Bohemians.
The ties will be played on Monday/Tuesday, April 6th/7th with the eight winners progressing to the quarter-finals where the draw will be conducted on an open basis for the first time in the tournament this season.
The quarter-finals will then be played on Monday/Tuesday, May 18th/19th, with the semi-finals taking place on Monday, August 3rd. The EA Sports Cup final will be played on Saturday, September 19th.
EA Sports Cup Second Round draw (ties to be played Monday/Tuesday, April 6th/7th):
Waterford United v Cork City
UCC v Cobh Ramblers
Sligo Rovers v Derry City
Galway United v Cockhill Celtic
Crumlin United v St Patrick's Athletic
Dundalk v Shelbourne
Cabinteely FC v Shamrock Rovers
Bohemians v Longford Town