LIMERICKâ€™S two representatives in the FAI Ford Cup have been handed away ties at the third round stage of the competition.
Airtricity League First Division side Limerick FC have been drawn away to Dublin side Sacred Heart, while FAI Junior Cup finalists Pike Rovers have been handed a glamour away tie against FAI Ford Cup holders Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds.
The third round ties are due to go ahead on the week ending Sunday, June 5.
Pike Rovers ensured their name went into the hat for the third round draw along with the Airtricity League sides by virtue of their 3-2 replay win over Avondale United of Cork. Goals from pat Moloney, Keith Harnett and Wayne Colbert ensured the Crossagalla sideâ€™s progress to a meeting with the Sligo Rovers. Pike qualified for the FAI Junior Cup decider by beating the Dublin team, Sheriff YC on penalties after extra time in the semi-final. Sligo Rovers manager, Paul Cook admitted a game against Limerickâ€™s Pike Rovers was a trip into the unknown in terms of awareness of his sideâ€™s opponents.
â€œWeâ€™re delighted with the draw. To be drawn at home first is important. Pike Rovers is a new name to me,â€ Paul Cook said.
â€œWeâ€™ll have to do a bit of research on them. These games are very important to clubs. Weâ€™ll have to do our homework and act in the utmost professional manner.â€
Limerick FCâ€™s third round opponents Sacred Heart are based in Killinarden, Tallaght and secured their place in the third round draw thanks to a 2-1 success over FC Carlow. Limerick FC have enjoyed a terrific run in Cup competitions this season. Pat Scullyâ€™s side is already through to the final of the Munster Senior Cup and the quarter-final stage of the EA Sports Cup where the â€˜Super Bluesâ€™ will host Monaghan United. Limerick FC defeated Dublin side Tolka Rovers 3-1 at the third round stage of last seasonâ€™s FAI Ford Cup. Limerick lost out 4-3 on penalties to Sporting Fingal in their fourth round replay tie.