Chairman explains Mulhern Cup draw hiccup

F&W Draw

Chairman of the Fermanagh and Western FA has insisted everything was above board in last evenings draw for the Mulhern Cup.

For the first time ever the draw was conducted live on Facebook.

The draw is usually carried out by using numbered balls however these were unavailable and pieces of cardboard with numbers on them had to be used instead.


During the live footage Chairman Roy Cathcart is seen throwing a piece of cardboard back into the cup and reshuffling the numbers after it was handed to him by President Martin Hanna, who was drawing the home teams.

A number of club representatives questioned the actions of the chairman, who when contacted by the Herald said there was a simple and plausible explanation.

He said, “There were two pieces of cardboard stuck together so the sensible thing to do was throw them both back in, shuffle the numbers and draw them again. And that’s exactly what I did. Anyone who needs further explanation can contact me.”

The stand-out first round tie is the meeting of holders Strathroy Harps v Lisbellaw United.

The two Enniskillen teams, Rangers and Town received byes.

Draw: Mountfield v Strule United; Magheraveely v Lisnaskea Rovers; Maguiresbridge v Tummery Ath; NFC Kesh v Orchard Fm; Beragh Swifts v Dunbreen Rvrs; Irvinestown Wdrs v Enniskillen Santos; Strathroy Harps v Lisbellaw United; Drumquin United v Omagh Hospitals; Mountjoy United v Killen Rangers; St Pat’s v Enniskillen Ath; Enniskillen Galaxy v Ballygawley; Lisnarick v Glebe United; Fintona Swifts v Ardstraw Res; Dergview Res v Erne Rovers.




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