Limerick FC face FAI Cup trek to Donegal's Cockhill Celtic

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Limerick FC face FAI Cup trek to Donegal's Cockhill Celtic

Tommy Barrett's Limerick FC side are in FAI Cup action in Donegal this Sunday

LIMERICK FC make the long trek to Donegal this Sunday for an Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup first round assignment against Ulster Senior League side Cockhill Celtic.

Limerick FC get a break from the rigours of trying to maintain their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division status for next season when facing their Donegal opponents.

Tommy Barrett’s Limerick will be aiming to end a four-game losing and five-game winless run on the road in competitive games, going back to their stunning 6-3 victory at the RSC on 18 May.

Sunday’s tie against Cockhill takes place at Charlie O'Donnell Park, Buncrana, with a 3pm kick-off.

Inconsistent Limerick make the long trip to Donegal this weekend on the back of a disappointing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night.

Ninth-placed Limerick are now five points off safety in the Premier Division table with just eight games remaining.

The Blues enjoy a significant nine point lead over basement side Bray Wanderers who occupy the automatic relegation place in the table.

Sunday’s FAI Cup opponents Cockhill Celtic defeated their great rivals Letterkenny Rovers 2-0 in the play-off at Dry Arch Park in Bonagee in June to capture the Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League title for the sixth year in a row.

The Inishowen side celebrated a sixth double in a row as a result of that success.

Limerick reached the last four of the FAI Cup last season. However, the Blues dream of reaching a first FAI Cup final since 1982 ended in a heart-breaking 1-0 semi-final defeat to Cork City before an attendance of 3,563 at Turners Cross last September.