The GH Corlett Woods Cup fires into life this weekend with five matches taking place in the preliminary round.
The draw has conjured up several interesting ties, with the highlights being Braddan v Foxdale and Marown v Onchan, both of which could go either way.
Form favours Braddan as they go into Saturday’s match at Victoria Road on the back of five successive wins in all competitions, including last weekend’s narrow 5-4 FA Cup win at Pulrose Utd.
The Swans, though, having only played two games in 2017 thus far, therefore they may still be a little rusty which gives Foxdale the chance to spring a surprise, especially given that the Billy Goat Park side are one of only three sides to have taken anything from Braddan this season having held them to a 2-2 draw in October.
Onchan also go into their clash at Marown full of confidence and favourites to book their place in the first round proper, but their hosts will certainly be up for this - indeed Marown actually boast the better form at the moment with five wins out of their last six league games.
That being said, the Os edged the league meeting between the sides 2-1 back in October so will fancy their chances again on Saturday.
Having knocked RYCOB out of the FA Cup last Saturday, Douglas and District will be eager to make their mark on another cup competition this weekend when they make the short journey to Bemahague to take on Governor’s Athletic.
Tony Sewell’s hosts have the edge in terms of form and defeated D&D 6-3 in the recent league meeting, thanks largely to a hat-trick from Daniel Thirlwell who was also on the scoresheet last Saturday as Governor’s nearly shocked Douglas Athletic in the FA Cup. Therefore, a close game could be in store.
Gymns will be firm favourites to get the better of Malew at Clagh Vane but also go into the game on the back of four successive losses so the hosts may just fancy their chances of causing an upset.
Also expected to comfortably progress to the next round is Pulrose Utd who face bottom-of-the-table winless Michael United at Springfield Road. Pully only just lost out to Braddan last time out so should have no problems in this one.