Pike Rovers and Kilfrush to fly Limerick flag

Pat Sheehan

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This weekend'S football focus is on Limerick's remaining hopes in FAI Junior and FAI Youth Cup, when Pike Rvs and Kilfrush carry the flag with the reward of a place in the final of their respective competitions on offer.
In the Junior Cup, Pike Rovers welcome the form side in the country Newmarket Celtic.
The Clare side have beaten all before them season, accounting for Mervue in the last round of the competition, after fighting back from 3-1 down to win a penalty shootout.
They followed up with another penalty shootout win over St Michaels in the Munster Junior Cup and last weekend eased to a 7-1 win over Shannon Town C in a local cup.
Pike for their part saw off another Clare side, Shannon Town in the last round and followed with a Munster Cup win at Carrick.
On Sunday they came out tops in a close encounter with Carew Park in the Lawson Cup, winning 3-2.
Manager Mike Shiels will be glad to see Cian Collins get off the mark with the winning goal. The striker has only played a couple of games this season but if they get him back to his best he will prove a huge bonus to the side.
Pike are on the crest of a run of 15 games unbeaten going back to November and they have shown they can do it the hard way when required.
Half of those 15 games were won by a single goal or by a penalty shootout, a fact that could stand to Pike in a tight game.
Pike's place in the final depends on how they cope with Celtic's Irish International striker Eoin Hayes. A classy striker that requires constant monitoring.
That said, Pike have their own threats and hopes are high locally of another final performance for a Limerick side.
In the Youth Cup Kilfrush play host to Tramore in the semi final. The County side have already accounted for Douglas Hall, Carrigtwohill and Edenderry on their way to the last four.
They achieved these results as underdogs and will go into Sunday's tie in similar fashion.
That will not bother them as they have shown they fear nobody.
In the Munster Logistics Lawson Cup Janesboro will be favoured at home to Charleville.
Geraldines will relish the chance to lower another Premier side's colours when they host Kilmallock while Regional Utd and Aisling battle it out for a semi final spot.
Tonight (Wednesday) the Div 1A O'Halloran Cup continues when Geraldines and Fairview Rgs B cross swords in a local derby.
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