Pike Rovers and Wembley Rovers in Munster Junior Cup action this weekend

Pat Sheehan

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Pat Sheehan

PIKE Rovers and Wembley Rovers are in Munster Junior Cup on Sunday hoping to increase Limerick’s representation in the quarter finals to four, Ballynanty Rovers and Aisling Annacotty having qualified last weekend.

PIKE Rovers and Wembley Rovers are in Munster Junior Cup on Sunday hoping to increase Limerick’s representation in the quarter finals to four, Ballynanty Rovers and Aisling Annacotty having qualified last weekend.

PIKE Rovers and Wembley Rovers are in Munster Junior Cup on Sunday hoping to increase Limerick’s representation in the quarter finals to four, Ballynanty Rovers and Aisling Annacotty having qualified last weekend.

Pike Rovers welcome Kerry side Lisselton Rovers while Wembley face a journey to meet Waterford outfit Piltown.

Enough has been said of Pike’s impressive run to date this season and on Sunday they posted another 5-1 victory over Athlunkard Villa.

A sign of the Hoops strength in depth was the replacements bench that saw Alan Barry, Eoin Hanrahan and Keith Harnett (all Junior Internationals) enter the fray in the second half.

However Declan Considine’s men will be well aware that they were far from impressive in their last Munster Junior outing, needing extra time to see off Rock Rvs of the Clare League.

On Sunday they host a Kerry side lying second in Kerry League, seven points behind leaders Killarney Celtic.

They beat Cork side Park on a penalty shoot out in the previous round and will be anxious to show their worth against the Bookies favourites for the competition.

Wembley Rovers carry the Div ision 1A hopes into the fray with a visit to Piltown.

The Waterford side are also a Division 1A side in their League but they do not have the League form Wembley are showing going into the tie.

They lie mid table so Dom Considine’s men would be wise to treat the opposition with respect but should not fear the tie.

In the Munster Youth Cup an excellent Fairview Rangers side will meet their match when St Michaels come to town next Sunday.

Having won the FAI Youth Cup last season, much was expected of the Blues again this year but they suffered defeat in the National competition so all focus now switches to the Provinial Trophy.

In the KBO Premier League, the top two are not in action so interest switches to the bottom area.

Regional and Ballynanty are in comfortable position behind the leaders as they host Shannon and Star Rvs respectively on Sunday morning. Shannon picked up a rare win on Sunday against local rivals Shannon Hibs and will be hoping to build on that as they cling onto to Premier life. Regional have been in good form of late scoring freely. It’s hard to see them slipping up on Sunday but stranger things have happened.

Balla are another side in good form with just one defeat in nine games. Star on the other hand have four defeats in their last five games and you fear if they do not get a settled side in place they may slip into the drop zone again.

There are some interesting toes in the Lawson Cup

Fairview Rgs meet Kilmallock in the only all Premier game.

Fairview on last time out against Corbally to get the Pike league defeat out of their system.

They have lost a number of players to Athlone Town but look to have steadied the ship. Kilmallock will go into the tie on a high having progressed in the FAI Junior Cup at the weekend.

With a fixture against Pike coming up, Sunday’s game gives the county side a chance to pit their wits against the league leaders.

Corbally were excellent last weekend in their win over Mungret but need a repeat performance again this week or they could get a nasty surprise against a very good Cappamore side.

Aisling/A also won in the Munster Junior Cup last weekend and will be fancied to best a young Geraldines team.

Meanus host Carew Park more in hope than anticipation while Mungret will need to tighten up their rearguard after shipping 15 goals in their last 3 matches when they host a Weston Villa eleven who are scoring for fun in Division 2B.