Portlaoise have been handed a home tie in the opening round of the 2018 Bank of Ireland Towns Cup – with Potarlington granted a bye to Round 2.
Portlaoise will play Navan’s second team in Round 1 on Sunday, January 21 with Port awaiting one of the winners in Round 2.
The draw was made this evening in the Aviva Stadium following Leinster’s win over Exeter in the European Champions Cup.
Both Laois sides are struggling in the Leinster League with Portlaoise having won only one of their eight games in Division 1B and Portarlington losing all eight in Division 2A.
Portlaoise host North Kildare tomorrow in their last game of 2017 while Portarlington make the short trip to Newbridge.
Portlaoise beat Portarlington in last year’s opening round with Portlaoise later losing to Skerries.
Portlaoise’s opponents Navan play in Division 3 of the Metro League, where their opponents are also mostly the second teams of AIL clubs. Navan’s first team won Division 2C of the AIL last season when managed by former Portlaoise player Alan Kingsley.
Navan also won the U-20 All Ireland last year so will make for tough opposition for Portlaoise.
Last year’s champions Tullow will travel to play Naas’s second team while Athy, who are leading Division 2B, will be away to Tullamore’s second team.
The draw in full is: Clondalking v Edenderry; Midlands Warriors v Enniscorthy; Tullamore 2nds v Athy; Cill Dara v Roscrea; New Ross v Arklow; Wicklow v Mullingar; Dundalk v North Kildare; Wexford v Balbriggan; Naas 2nds v Tullow; Portlaoise v Navan 2nds; Kilkenny v Boyne; Skerries 2nds v Newbridge; Gorey v Carlow. Byes – Ashbourne, Portarlington and Longford.
All Round 1 games to take place on Sunday, January 21, at 2.30pm. First-named teams have home advantage.
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