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.
At a rain swept Carlisle Grounds, goals in half by Hugh Douglas and Dave Scully booked their passage into the final four.
Having beaten Dunboyne AFC (3-0), Cobh Ramblers (3-0) and Tolka Rovers (4-0) to get to the last eight, United conceded their first goal in the competitions after just seven minutes.
Striker Chris Lyons saw his drive blocked out from the corner. From Ryan McEvoy’s delivery, defender Douglas timed his run to power in a front post header.
Daryl Horgan set them on their way with a delightful effort in the 55th minute before Ciaran Kilduff scored one of the goals of the season, lifting a delicious effort over Richard Brush.
The floodgates opened when Ronan Finn made it 3-0 with another beauty before substitute Sean Maguire wrapped it up with his first goal for the club in the 88th minute.
Sligo’s Regan Donelan squandered a decent chance to test Gary Rogers in the 8th minute, the left back firing over from 25-yards despite finding himself well placed.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
Cork City v St Patrick’s Athletic, Turner’s Cross, 19:25. (Live on RTE2)
Replay: Monday, August 24, Richmond Park, 19:45.
Sherriff YC v Athlone Town, Clontarf Astro, 19:30.
Replay: Monday, August 24, Athlone Town Stadium, 19:45.
Bohemians v Bray Wanderers, Dalymount Park, 19:45.
Replay: Tuesday, August 25, Carlisle Grounds, 19:45.
Derry City v Drogheda United, Brandywell Stadium, 19:45.
Replay: Monday, August 24, United Park, 19:45.
Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup holders St Patrick’s Athletic were handed a testing trip to Cork City after the draw was made for the Third Round of the competition at the Showgrounds in Sligo this morning.
The Saints will travel to Turner’s Cross in the glamour tie of the round which is scheduled for the week-ending August 23. The draw was streamed live on www.sseairtricityleague.ie.
Other all-Premier Division ties see Galway United hosting Dundalk and Bohemians welcoming Bray Wanderers to Dalymount Park.
The 16 teams who will be in the Third Round draw are:
St Patrick’s Athletic
Cobh had to fight back from two goals down twice in the first game before forcing a 3-3 draw, but they were full value for their win and should have won by more.
A late goal from Shane Geasley, added to his eighth minute opener which was quickly followed by an Ian Stapleton strike, secured a safe passage into the next round for Cobh.
Avondale keeper Dane Murphy pulled off a string of saves to keep the result at 3-0, though those missed chances must go down to poor finishing as much as good goalkeeping.
There was little between the two sides for much of the game on a surface that had 3,000 litres of water pumped off it before the game to ensure it was playable.
Harps had the better of things in a lively first half and Wilfried Tagbo tested Longford goalkeeper Paul Hunt on a couple of occasions early on.
Indeed, Hunt was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers and did well to tip over a Raymond Foy shot and also to deny Michael Funston.
It's the first time that UCD, winners of the trophy in 1984, have been knocked out of the competition by a non-league side since entering the League of Ireland in 1979.
Unbeaten in their previous eight games, UCD started brightly with Ryan Swan bringing a smart reaction save from Lee Murphy with a header following an Eoin Kirwan free kick on five minutes.
Goals from Dinny Corcoran and David Cawley were enough to see off the Dublin side, though Owen Heary would have probably liked to see his side score one or two more.
Rovers opened the scoring just nine minutes. Steven Beattie's pass to Corcoran bounced off the striker but it was retrieved by Cawley. He cut the ball back to the striker, who was left with the simplest of finishes at the second time of asking.
These sides needed no introduction after meeting in Clonsilla twice in the last 16 of the FAI Cup in the last two seasons, where the Leinster Senior League outfit emerged victorious on both occasions.
Home advantage again proved significant in this one as two second half penalties from Gerry Gill and a Matty Henry strike earned Donal O'Brien's side another shot at the big guns.
The Inishowen side were good for their win but they had to survive some nervous moments before Gill's penalty, after a foul on striker Aidan O'Donnell, gave them the lead on 48 minutes.