EXCITING matches are in story for Guernsey football fans after the draw was made for the second round and quarter finals of the Rossborough Insurance FA Cup.
Guernsey FA chairman Chris Schofield was joined by Ian Stewart, managing director of Rossborough Insurance Guernsey, in drawing the names of the teams at the association’s Victoria Avenue offices ahead of the matches in the New Year.
Picks of the second round draw pit Priaulx League side Rovers against Sylvans and Vale Recreation who will play Manzur Yew. Other intriguing matches feature Belgrave Wanderers against St Ouen from Jersey, the only non-Bailiwick side in the competition, and Red Lion versus Rangers.
‘I am sure some of the non-Priaulx teams will fancy their chances of progressing as the draw means some top ranked sides will knock each other out. These games will be particularly competitive and is something the spectators will look forward to,’ said Chris Schofield, chairman of the Guernsey FA.
‘The tournament itself is growing in popularity and we’re very grateful for the sponsorship of Rossborough Insurance because such support is vital to us.’
Mr Stewart confirmed Rossborough’s involvement was very much about the local community.
‘We’re a local business, with 80 years’ history ourselves so are keen to support grassroots football and put something back. This is the third year we have sponsored the Guernsey FA Cup, and we’re looking forward to seeing some great matches as witnessed in the previous two years,’ said Mr Stewart.
The full draw is as follows:
Rovers AC v Sylvans
Belgrave Wanderers v St Ouen
St Martins AC v Rovers AC Vets
Vale Recreation v Manzur Yew
Geomarine Rovers v Rihoy North
Sylvans (Railway) v Manzur
Red Lion v Rangers
Valencia v Rocquaine Pirates
Red Lion/Rangers v Valencia/Rocquaine Pirates
Sylvans (Railway)/Manzur v St Martins AC/Rovers AC Vets
Vale Recreation/Manzur Yew v Belgrave Wanderers/St Ouen
Geomarine Rovers/Rihoy North v Rovers AC/Sylvans
The second round and quarter final matches will be played in February 2019 with the semi-final and final taking place in April and May.