EA Sports First Round draw throws up some intriguing fixtures

Wed, Feb 17 2016

EA Sports Cup Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

The draw for the first round of the 2016 EA Sports Cup has been made.


The draw has been broken down into four regionalised pots of six teams, each of which feature two matches with two teams also receiving byes into the second round of the competition.


In pot one, Limerick travel to Munster rivals Cobh Ramblers, while the other affair sees Roddy Collins’ Waterford United host non-league Rockmount.


Pot two has a more northern feel to it with Finn Harps taking on Donegal rivals Cockhill Celticcand Galway United taking on a Mayo League selection who crashed out of last season’s competition following a severe 8-0 beating at the hands of Sligo Rovers.


Pot three features two First Division sides with UCD hosting Bray Wanderers and Drogheda United entertaining Leinster Senior League side Bluebell United.


Finally, pot four sees the only all Premier Division clash of the draw with Bohemians taking on Longford, while coincidentally the only all First Division tie also comes from that pot in the form of Shelbourne versus Cabinteely.


Seven Premier Division teams as well as First Division outfit Athlone Town have received byes into the second round of the 2016 edition of the EA Sports Cup.


All EA Sports Cup First Round ties are due to take place on Monday, March 22nd and Tuesday March 23rd.


The draw and pots for the 2016 EA Sports Cup First Round is as follows:


Pool 1 – Cobh Ramblers v Limerick; Waterford United v Rockmount.

Byes: Cork City, Wexford Youths.


Pool 2 – Finn Harps v Cockhill Celtic; Galway United v Mayo League.

Byes: Derry City, Sligo Rovers.


Pool 3 – Drogheda United v Bluebell United; U.C.D. v Bray Wanderers.

Byes: Dundalk, St Patrick’s Athletic.


Pool 4 – Bohemians v Longford Town; Shelbourne v Cabinteely.

Byes: Athlone Town, Shamrock Rovers.