Intermediate Cup draw remains unchanged despite committee concerns
The Irish FA have confirmed that the outcome of Intermediate Cup second round draw will stand, despite concerns about legitimacy of the draw.
Some members of the Intermediate Committee were dismayed by the fact that Championship clubs were advanced into the third round, while there were also calls for a redraw, as the meeting at which the draw was held did not reach its quorum.
However, in a brief statement the governing body said: “The draw which was circulated last week is correct and won't be drawn again.”
The draw for the second round was made on Tuesday, October 28, with 70 teams split into 35 matches, with the derby match between Kilmore Rec and Downpatrick selected as tie of the round. The 35 winners will proceed to the third round, where they will be joined by the 29 Championship teams.
However, some committee members believed that Championship clubs should have been included in the second round draw. Championship teams entered at the second round stage last season and were expected to do the same this year, as the Intermediate Committee did not pass a vote allowing them to enter at the third round stage.
Therefore, some were surprised to find that a new competition format had been drawn up that allowed the NIFL Championship clubs to enter at third round stage.
The second round draw was also questioned as only three members of the Intermediate Committee showed up for the draw, which isn't enough to reach a quorum. At an emergency meeting of the Committee, it was argued by some members that the second round should be redrawn, but the motion was defeated.
The fixtures planned for the second round will go ahead on Saturday 22 November as planned, despite this rather messy saga and the third round will take place this Saturday.
There could, however, be changes for next season. It's likely that some clubs will push for Championship clubs to enter at the first round next year, while the NIFL clubs will be keen to retain staggered entry.
Non-League clubs will argue that all teams in the competition are equal as they all hold intermediate status, while the NIFL clubs will argue that their Championship status should guarantee them a later entry point, as it does in the Irish Cup.
Next season is also set to be the last that Championship One clubs compete in the Intermediate Cup, as the second tier of Northern Irish domestic football is set to regain senior status for the 2016/17 season.
Round 2 of the Intermediate Cup - matches to be played on November 22
Albert Foundry v Ballynahinch Olympic
Ardglass v Crusaders Res
Ards Rangers v Rosario
Ardstraw v Downshire YM
Ballinamallard United Res v Newry City AFC
Ballynure OB v Rathfern Rangers
Ballywalter Rec v Grove United
Bangor Amateurs v Newtowne
Broomhedge v Strabane Athletic
Broomhill v Dungiven
Coleraine Res v Bloomfield
Colin Valley v East Belfast
Crumlin Star v St Patricks YM
Crumlin United v Banbridge Rangers
Dundonald v Malachians
Dunloy v Killyleagh YC
Hanover v Newcastle
Immaculata v Chimney Corner
Islandmagee v Magherafelt Sky Blues
Killymoon Rangers v Rathcoole
Kilmore Rec v Downpatrick ** Tie of the Round**
Larne Tech OB v Glentoran II
Linfield Swifts v Dromara Village
Lisburn Rangers v Comber Rec
Lurgan Town v Bourneview Mill
Newbuildings United v Derriaghy CC
Nortel v Fivemiletown United
Orangefield OB v Drumaness Mills
Oxford Sunnyside v Bryansburn Rangers
Saintfield United v Portaferry Rovers
Shankill United v Holywood
Tandragee Rovers v 1st Bangor
UUJ v Warrenpoint Town Res
Valley Rangers v Cliftonville Olympic
Wellington Rec v Moneyslane
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