First round of FPI Cup takes Saturday's top billing

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The battle for a place in the Friends Provident International FA Cup final on Easter Monday continues this weekend.

Sixteen teams remain in the competition in Saturday’s eight first round proper ties.

Two all-Premier League clashes look likely to vie for the title of game of the round.

At Croit Lowey, host Rushen take on Corinthians in what should be a cracker in Port Erin.

The pair are only separated by a couple of points in the standings having won a game apiece in the pair’s two league meetings.

Another close game looks on the cards at Blackberry Lane where DHSOB meet beaten Railway Cup finalists St Mary’s.

The Saints have done the league double over their opponents and should be favourites to edge this one.

Holders Peel continue their cup defence away at Ramsey.

The northerners took a good point off Old Boys in the league last week, but will do well to advance past a Peel side that has won three of their last four.

Dreaming of a cup-set are Div Two Governor’s Athletic and Foxdale who face top-flight Douglas Athletic and Colby respectively.

The latter make the trip to Dale and Billy Goat Park knowing they will need to be on their game if they are avoid becoming a cup scalp.

At least two Division Two sides will be in the hat for the quarter-finals with second tier sides Douglas and District and RYCOB and Pulrose and Braddan paired together.

Fresh from wrapping up their seventh Premier League title in a row, St George make the trip to Division Two Marown in a game they are firm favourites for.

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