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 majority of fixtures will be played across Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th with Dundalk's tie against Leinster Senior League side Crumlin United the only exception due to the Lilywhites' involvement in the UEFA Champions League.
Dundalk's tie against Crumlin United will be played at Oriel Park as agreed by both clubs and the FAI.
The full fixture and replay schedule for the third round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup is below.
Friday, August 19th
Holders Dundalk will travel to Leinster Senior League side Crumlin United in the third round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup.
The draw, which took place in Clonmel as part of the FAI's Festival of Football week in Tipperary, was conducted by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and FAI President Tony Fitzgerald.
The Lilywhites, who beat Cork City in last season's final at the Aviva Stadium, will face Crumlin who progressed past SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side Finn Harps in the second round.
Stephen Kenny’s side secured a home draw against the Reds as they seek to continue their impressive cup record.
“We got Shels at home last year in the Second Round and went on to win the cup so hope it’s a good omen,” said captain Stephen O’Donnell.
“We don’t want to be one of the shocks in this round so we’ll have to be fully focused. We may have caught them on an off day last year so can’t take anything for granted.
“The Cup Final is the biggest day of the Irish football season so we’d love to go back there again.”
Janesboro, Pike Rovers, and Bluebell United all secured wins in the First Round, while Killester United will have to take on Cherry Orchard again in a replay following a 1-1 draw.
There are still four games to play out in the First Round with two taking place this coming weekend and two more to follow next week.
Meanwhile, the draw for the Second Round will take place on Tuesday, April 26 at 17:00 in the Henry Dunlop Suite at the Aviva Stadium.
The draw was:
Portmarnock v Letterkenny Rovers
St John Bosco v Janesboro
Pike Rovers v Rockmount
St Peter’s v Leeside
Carrigaline United v Bluebell United
Bandon v Ringmahon Rangers
Crumlin United v Greystones United
Killester United v Cherry Orchard
Byes: Firhouse Clover, Midleton, Glebe North, Sheriff YC
Matches will be played on the weekend of April 10 with any replays required taking place on the weekend of April 24.
Cork City 0-1 Dundalk (After extra-time)
Midfielder Towell struck for the only goal of an intriguing final between the country's top two sides two minutes into the second period of extra-time.
Astonishingly, it was the 24-year-old’s 29th goal in all competitions this year to give Stephen Kenny’s all-conquering Lilywhites the club's 10th FAI Cup victory and a third double in their history.
“I don’t really trust my left foot much,” quipped a delighted Towell of his match-winning goal.
Shelbourne Ladies FC will take on Wexford Youths WFC in the first game as women's football takes centre stage before Cork City come up against Dundalk in an intriguing clash that will cap off what promises to be another memorable day for Irish football supporters.
Both games will be broadcast live on RTE2 and a big crowd is expected at Aviva Stadium to witness history as neither Shelbourne nor Wexford have lifted the Continental FAI Women's Cup before while Dundalk are aiming to win the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup for the 10th time and Cork City are eyeing up a third triumph.
Tickets for FAI Cup Finals will be available for purchase by members of the public from 10am on Sunday and the arrangements are as follows:
From 10am at Turnstile Q which is located in the South East corner of the Aviva Stadium
From 11am at the Ticketmaster Outlet in the Ballsbridge Hotel and also from the Ticketmaster Van which will be located at the junction of Northumberland Road and Lansdowne Road
Tickets are priced at €10 for adults, €5 for children (U16) and €30 for Premium Level tickets.
The FAI ETB courses, formerly FAS Courses, have contributed to the development of many talented young Irish footballers over the years.
Amongst the Cork City and Dundalk players to have graduated from the programmes are Mark McNulty, Kevin O'Brien, John Kavanagh, Darren Dennehy, Liam Miller, Colin Healy, Mark O'Sullivan and Cian Coleman in the Rebel Army camp and Chris Shields, Sean Gannon, Daryl Horgan, John Mountney, Darren Meenan and Andy Boyle in the Lilywhites squad.
This will be the second FAI Cup Final that McKeon has been in charge of following the 2007 showpiece between Cork City and Longford Town at the RDS. He will again be looking after Cork as they take on Dundalk in this year's final.
The Dubliner, who has been officiating for 27 years, insists this showpiece event will be a career highlight and it acts as a reward for all of the hard work that he has put in since first becoming a referee as a teenager.