Second division sides out to claim top flight scalps

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The first round proper of the Craig Heartstrong Foundation Hospital Cup takes centre-stage this weekend with eight games taking place on Sunday evening.

Rushen United face a potentially tricky test of their cup credentials when they travel to Mullen-e-Cloie to take on St John’s United.

On paper the Spaniards will be favourites to progress but on their day the Saints can give any side a run for their money so an interesting battle could be on the cards, especially given that St John’s beat Rushen 4-2 earlier in the season.

A tight contest could also unfold in Crosby where Marown host fellow Division Two side Onchan in a match switched from the Nivison Stadium. The two sides have met twice in recent weeks when the Os ran out 5-2 and 1-0 winners, therefore they will fancy their chances of making it three in a row.

Gymns will be hoping to produce one of the shocks of the round when they welcome top flight side Douglas Athletic to Tromode.

The Pinks will certainly start as favourites but will need to be wary of complacency against the hosts as Gymns were one of only three teams to take anything off DAFC during their successful title-winning Div Two campaign last year.

Also aiming to spring a ’cupset’ are Colby who welcome DHSOB to the Station Fields. The teams last met in December when Old Boys won 3-0 and they will be favourites to prevail once again, but since then Colby have secured their top flight survival and are unbeaten in their last three so may be a different proposition.

Peel travel away from their temporary Station Fields home to head to Garey Mooar where they take on relegated Union Mills, hoping for a repeat of the resounding 9-0 win when the teams met just a few weeks ago.

Also red hot favourites to comfortably advance are newly-crowned FA Cup winners St George’s who continue their quest for an historic third Grand Slam at home to Governor’s Athletic.

Corinthians’ bid for silverware sees them travel north to visit RYCOB at Scoill ree Gorree where they will be expected to win against their second division opponents, while Ayre United return to action against Laxey after a nine-week break.

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