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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Minnows unlikely to cause a stir in FAI Cup first round

Non-league clubs are yet to start their season

Sligo's Patrick McClean tackles Derry City's Rory Hale
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The FAI Cup begins on Friday evening and the challenge facing the non-league clubs is that their season has not started yet, making it exceptionally hard for them to compete with the big boys in round one.

Some of the better minnows would be capable of beating the poorer Division One teams at their best, but it is asking a great deal for them to cause an upset at this stage of their season.

Perhaps the most interesting game of the round is Bray Wanderers’ tie against Finn Harps. Harps are fighting for promotion from Division One, whereas Bray are long odds-on to be relegated from the Premier.

Wanderers may raise their game after appointing Gary Cronin as their new boss on Tuesday and they are probably value at even-money with the draw no bet.

They still have plenty of quality in their team and there is an enormous gap between the Premier Division and Division One.

UCD host Pike Rovers, St Patrick’s play a local derby game against Inchicore Athletic, Shelbourne are at home to Athlone and Waterford United – one of the few teams who will believe they can win the cup – are away to Dublin side Skerries Town. Those are the teams to put together in short-priced accumulators - the four hotpots pay around 8-15.

UCD are worth considering if an outright market becomes available. An excellent and improving side, they are bound for the Premier Division and play a nice brand of football.

Bray draw no bet
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Wanderers may raise their game after appointing Gary Cronin as their new boss on Tuesday
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