FINN HARPS have been drawn at home to Ulster Senior League champions Cockhill Celtic in the opening round of the 2016 EA Sports Cup.
The draw was made this afternoon and has paired Harps against Gavin Cullen’s Cockhill, the current front-runners in the USL.
The game is a repeat of the 2014 first round clash which was won 3-2 by Harps in Ballybofey. An own goal by Liam O’Donnell sandwiched goals from Sean McCarron and Ruair Keating for Harps, while Malachy McDermott and Aidan O’Donnell netted for Cockhill.
Last season, both clubs exited the EA Sports Cup after defeats by Galway United at Eamon Deacy Park with Harps losing out in round one after a 3-2 loss and Cockhill making their exit following a 4-2 reversal.
The Harps-Cockhill tie is pencilled in for Monday/Tuesday March 21/22.
The First Round draw is as follows:
Pool 1 – Cobh Ramblers v Limerick; Waterford United v Rockmount. Byes: Cork City, Wexford Youths.
Pool 2 – Finn Harps v Cockhill Celtic; Galway United v Mayo League. Byes: Derry City, Sligo Rovers.
Pool 3 – Drogheda United v Bluebell United; U.C.D. v Bray Wanderers. Byes: Dundalk, St Patrick’s Athletic.
Pool 4 – Bohemians v Longford Town; Shelbourne v Cabinteely. Byes: Athlone Town, Shamrock Rovers.