The oldest football competition in Ireland, the FAI Senior Cup is the Blue Riband event for clubs in Ireland. Clubs from the SSE Airtricity League compete with junior and intermediate clubs in a competition that dates back to 1922.
The current holders of the competition are Dundalk, who defeated Cork City 2-1in the 2018 Final, courtesy of a Patrick McEleney goal.
The second round will see two non-league teams look to extend their run in the competition. CIE Ranch, who recorded a late win over Dublin Bus in the first round, welcome First Division leaders UCD to Greenogue on Friday, August 24, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
Maynooth University Town secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Leeds in the first round and their reward is a trip to SSE Airtricity League and FAI Cup Champions Cork City on Friday, August 24, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
Maynooth claimed a 2-0 win over Leeds AFC in the first round and have been rewarded with a trip to Turner's Cross to face the Leesiders who are looking for three consecutive FAI Cup victories.
The only all-Premier Division tie saw St. Patrick's Athletic travel to Derry City whilst Waterford head to United Park to face First Division Drogheda United, who knocked out Shamrock Rovers in the first round.
The Leesiders sealed a comfortable victory within the first 45 minutes at Whitehall to secure their second round spot. Ronan Coughlan notched a brace and Josh O'Hanlon also scored within the first 15 minutes of the game to put the away side into a 3-0 lead.
Barry McNamee added a fourth in the 25th minute before the home team had a moment to savour. Sean Goulding spotted Cork City goalkeeper Peter Cherrie off his line and scored an audacious chip from the half-way line against the FAI Cup Champions.
With the victory and the incredible goals tally, it is the first-time in FAI Cup history that a club has scored 12 goals in a fixture and the fixture saw the highest aggregate goals (14) in the competition's history.
Chris Lyons' first-half penalty sealed a famous victory for the SSE Airtricity League First Division side to progress past ten-men Rovers, who saw defender Lee Grace sent off.
There was more First Division success as Finn Harps sealed an extra-time victory against the Premier Division's bottom club Bray Wanderers. Ger Pender put Wanderers ahead at the Carlisle Grounds early on but Sam Todd's equaliser guaranteed extra-time in Wicklow.
Home Farm, who received a bye to the first round, will face John Caulfield's side as they begin the defence of their FAI Senior Cup and look to win the trophy in three consecutive seasons. The last club to achieve that feat was Shamrock Rovers in 1987.
SSE Airtricity League leaders Dundalk will host First Division side Cobh Ramblers at Oriel Park whilst Shamrock Rovers are set to travel to United Park to face Drogheda United. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side Waterford will travel to Skerries Town with all fixtures set to be played on the week-ending August 12.
The draw will take place at 1pm in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, July 4 (tomorrow) as all 20 SSE Airtricity League clubs enter the draw at this stage of the competition.
They will be joined by 12 teams who came through the qualifying round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup and now face the prospect of facing one of the Premier and First Division sides, including current FAI Cup Champions Cork City.
The 12 teams are as follows:-
Crumlin provided one of the shock results of the 2017 FAI Cup after they beat SSE Airtricity League side Wexford in the first round. However, their place will be taken by Inchicore this season as it finished 1-1 after extra time before Athletic prevailed 4-3 on penalties.
Maynooth University Town also secured their place in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup first round with a penalty shoot-out victory over Everton. Both sides fought out a 2-2 draw after extra-time but it was the home side Maynooth who held their nerve to secure a 4-3 penalty win.
As part of their commitment to the competition, the Irish Daily Mail have again put up a bounty to reward the team outside of the SSE Airtricity League that goes the furthest this year.
Tony Fitzgerald, President of the Football Association of Ireland, was joined by Dundalk goalkeeper and three-time FAI Cup winner Gary Rogers along with David Vaz, Circulation Manager for the Irish Daily Mail to perform the draw.
20 teams entered the Qualifying Round, with four team receiving a bye to the First Round. The remaining 16 teams will play eight games, with the winners entering the First Round.
All ties are scheduled to take place on the weekend ending Sunday, April 22nd.