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    Galway always give Rovers a good game, looking forward to this tie, should be interesting

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    Conor McCormack is suspended and there's a few injuries to key players like Hurley, O'Keefe and Brouder so I think Rovers will win easily enough. It's a pity because we've been playing really well recently and I would have liked to have seen our full team test themselves against a good Premier team.

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    First round is earlier than usual, isn't it? Never been in between Euro ties before that I recall. Probably won't do the non-league sides much good.

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    Few ex loi players playing in FAI Cup this weekend that used to play for us. Our all time top scorer Davy O'Sullivan whos now with Bangor GG, Conor Kenna whos now playing with Kilnamanagh and Dean Murphy whos with Liffey Wanderers. Wonder will there be any major shocks? Considering how poor Cobh are this season you have to fancy Liffey Wanderers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    First round is earlier than usual, isn't it? Never been in between Euro ties before that I recall. Probably won't do the non-league sides much good.
    Yeah usually in August

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    This round of the cup surely needs to be looked at at this stage? I know it's nice for the junior clubs to get a day out but it makes for a pretty poor competition.

    4 of the last 16 are going to be junior teams, which means that there may easily be another easy route to the latter stages for a club like Athlone/Wexford and we could have another 11-0 scenario. Which is a terrible look for what should be showcase events.

    I don't think anything major needs to be adjusted. Something like the PDs top 6 qualify for next season's last 16, then the remaining 14 LOI clubs are joined by the 6 best Junior clubs in round 1.

    Would there be any push back against this from any of the LOI clubs? Or is it the Junior clubs who would push back and not want this happening?

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    Well you could go back to having this round in August; I don't know why it changed.

    Or of course the really sensible thing to do would be to align non-league and league seasons like in literally every other country in Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Or of course the really sensible thing to do would be to align non-league and league seasons like in literally every other country in Europe.
    The Covid-induced shutdown of amateur football would actually have been an opportunity to do this. If there's no football for several months anyway, why not align it once you restart? Of course that would have required a strong FAI pushing this through from the top, and that's why it hasn't happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yurt View Post
    This round of the cup surely needs to be looked at at this stage? I know it's nice for the junior clubs to get a day out but it makes for a pretty poor competition.

    4 of the last 16 are going to be junior teams, which means that there may easily be another easy route to the latter stages for a club like Athlone/Wexford and we could have another 11-0 scenario. Which is a terrible look for what should be showcase events.

    I don't think anything major needs to be adjusted. Something like the PDs top 6 qualify for next season's last 16, then the remaining 14 LOI clubs are joined by the 6 best Junior clubs in round 1.

    Would there be any push back against this from any of the LOI clubs? Or is it the Junior clubs who would push back and not want this happening?
    If you want to avoid junior clubs playing each other in round 1 resulting in several of them progressing to round 2 or beyond, you could also address that by applying seeding in round 1. Have the junior clubs and the bottom FD clubs unseeded, and the PD and top FD clubs seeded. This way, the juniors still get their day out, while not too many of them make it to round 2.

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    Had a Sbgawa moment tonight, watched first half of Pats - Bray, gone for a drink they’ve only gone and scored 4 more goals

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    Athlone have come from 2 down to lead Waterford 3-2.

    Actually, 3-3 now.
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    Shels lose for the first time this season. That was unexpected!

    We host Shels again in two weeks; could be a feisty one. Played much better than in recent weeks though

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    UCD beating Shels is a surprise more than a shock,theyd have liked a run I’d say with the league well in hand…

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCSIL View Post
    Had a Sbgawa moment tonight, watched first half of Pats - Bray, gone for a drink they’ve only gone and scored 4 more goals
    Very comfortable for Pats. Even had the luxury of resting Benson and Forrestor, took off Lee Desmond and gave a few of the teenagers a run, including a start for Ben McCormack who played well and scored a lovely goal. Just about as good as it gets really. I’m dreaming of the Aviva .............(for now anyway)
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    4-4 in Athlone after two goals in injury time in extra time, Athlone scoring from half way with the last kick apparently. Glenn McAuley debut hat trick. Both managers sent off also. GLITW.

    Edit: Waterford take it on pens 4-2.
    Last edited by Longfordian; 23/07/2021 at 10:33 PM.
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    Waterford go 4-3 up with almost the last kick in Athlone.

    Then this happened -


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    And after that, they lose on penalties

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    Sickening anti climax for the neutral but since it's Athlone I'll get over it.
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    Did hattrick hero miss a peno?

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    Nope. Scored two penalties in the game and also his shootout effort

    I think that was his debut too?

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