FAI Cup Preview – Treaty United -v- Cork City

The magic of the cup returns to the Markets Field on Saturday afternoon as Treaty United host Munster rivals Cork City FC

Match Details:

Teams  Treaty United Vs Cork City FC

Competition  Sports Direct Men’s FAI Cup

Date  Saturday, July 22

Time  2pm

Venue   Markets Field, Garryowen Rd, Limerick, V94 TP9W

Tickets  https://treatyunitedfc.com/tickets/


Referee  Damien Mcgraith

Assistants – Conor Harkin & Ciaran O’Reilly

Live Coverage:

The game will be streamed live on LOITV at the below link. Individual match passes can be purchased for €5 or viewers can purchase a season pass which will give them access to all games across the League of Ireland.


Treaty United

The cup provides some respite from the slog of league football for the Limerick-based side who reached the semi final last season before bowing out to Derry City.

Treaty recorded a comfortable 3-2 win away to Kerry in their last league game, a shot in the arm for play-off hopes, with goals from Enda Curran, Marc Ludden and Dean George sealing the points.

Prior to this, an Enda Curran wondergoal and William Armshaw strike saw the Mid-West club come away from Athlone with three very welcome points in the first game following the mid-season break.

An early Bray Wanderers goal caught Treaty cold in the next game at the Markets Field but Tommy Barrett’s men rallied with another fine finish from top goal scorer Curran to salvage a point.

Last week’s league game against Waterford was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. 

Treaty completed the signing of old boy Sean Guerins last week, a welcome addition at the back. 

Cork City FC

It’s been a difficult return to the top division for Cork City FC as they struggle to secure their top flight status. They sit second from bottom.

It’s also a period of change at the club with Dermot Usher overseeing his first season as owner and Colin Healy leaving as manager early in the season. An interim management team led by Liam Buckley is in place for the rest of the campaign. 

City are five games without a win. Their last outing was a 3-0 defeat at Sligo Rovers. 

The Leesiders have won the cup on four occasions, most recently in 2017.

Past Meetings

The first competitive meeting between the sides ended in victory for league new boys Treaty United who sealed victory with a Matt Keane winner in the 78th minute. 

The Limerick-based side went the remainder of the 2021 season unbeaten in the derby with a 3-2 victory at Turners Cross and a 0-0 draw at the Markets Field.

The following season was not so kind to Treaty in the fixture as a push for promotion back to the top flight saw Cork City invest well in their squad and they secured some comprehensive victories against Treaty. 

However, there was a glimmer of light among the heavy defeats as Treaty secured a memorable 2-0 victory at Turners Cross through a thunderbolt from Ben O’Riordan and a Marc Ludden penalty in the final meeting between the sides of the 2022 season. 

Previous results

W – (0-2, Away, Aug ’23)

L – (0-5, Home, June ’22)

L – (0-3, Home, May ’22) Munster Senior Cup

L – (3-0, Away, May ’22) 

L – (0-4, Home, March ’22)

D – (0-0, Home, Sep ’21)

W – (2-3, Away, Jul ’21)

W – (2-1, Home, Apr ’21)