THE Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup draw which took place at Lansdowne on Saturday was kind to Tullow (beaten finalists last season) and County Carlow FC with the clubs drawn at home to Mullingar and Kilkenny respectively. Matches will be played on the weekend of Sunday 20 January.
Leinster players Sean O’Brien, Bryan Byrne and Peter Dooley drew the names out of the drum on what is always a marquee day for junior clubs in the province.
On Sunday Tullow manager Maurice Logue looked forward to a busy and important January which could make or break their season.
“A home draw is a good draw in a cup,” he agreed, but he said the focus will initially be on the league.
“We have a big month ahead of us with Carlow and Longford in the league, Monkstown away and then the Towns Cup so there are four very big weeks in that.”
Poor results early in the season threatened to take them out of the quest for promotion to Division 1A but recently they have pushed themselves back into the picture.
“We have to win against Carlow, we have to win against Monkstown and we have to win against Longford,” stressed Logue.
Logue knows Suttonians are in command of Division 1B, five points ahead at the top of the table. There are only three points between Longford, Monkstown and Tullow so every game is a must-win for the sides in contention for second place.
“We had a lot of injuries at the beginning of the season after only winning one out of four league games, but we have gone four games unbeaten now,” observed Logue.
“We are on a good run and we have the Carlow game which is a local derby. Carlow are going well themselves too so it will be a tough game in Tullow.”
About Mullingar Logue knows only what he can glean from the Division 2A league table.
“They are rebuilding at the moment. I have looked at their results. They have had three wins in nine games and picked up a couple of bonus points. Some days they seem to be good and other days they seem to be a little bit off.”
Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup First Round Draw
Tullow v Mullingar; Co Carlow v Kilkenny; Wexford Wanderers v Roscrea; Gorey v Portlaoise; Tullamore 2nds v Navan 2nds; Longford v Cill Dara; Arklow v Midlands Warriors; Clondalkin v Balbriggan; Naas v North Kildare; New Ross v Boyne; Skerries 2nds v Newbridge; Athy v Dundalk; Edenderry v Portarlington. Byes: Ashbourne, Wicklow, Enniscorthy