EA SPORTS Cup – First Round Draw
Athlone Town v Galway United
Bray Wanderers v Wexford
Cobh Ramblers v Limerick
Drogheda United v Cabinteely
Longford Town v Cockhill Celtic
Shelbourne v Bluebell United
Athlone Town v Galway United, Athlone Town Stadium, Monday March 4th @ 7.45pm.
In the regionalised draw for the first round of the EA Sports Cup, featuring ten First Division teams and two Non-League teams, there were only three teams United could have drawn. Those three teams were Non-League Cockhill Celtic, and First Division rivals Longford and Athlone Town. The team United have drawn is Athlone, which looks set to be a tougher tie than it may have been last year.
Athlone have bolstered their squad over course of the off-season, including the signing of Ronan Manning from United, and look certain to improve on a season that saw them finish rock-bottom. The league hasn’t even started yet but Athlone already look promising, dumping Dundalk out of the Leinster Senior Cup on Monday Night. It remains to be seen how they will be fare out over the course of the season, but United fans will hoping their side have enough about them to see them past Athlone.