SLIDESHOW: FAI Junior and Lawson Cup action takes centre stage

Pat Sheehan


Pat Sheehan


Following the defeat of Pike Rovers and Newport last weekend in the FAI Junior Cup, Aisling are the only Limerick team in the hat for the last 16 of the competition.
Regional Utd will be hoping to make it two Limerick teams if they can beat Dublin side St. Pauls.
The Dooradoyle side have been in tremendous form and their defeat to Pike in the Tuohy Cup was their only defeat in the last 18 games.

They have lost the services of Sosuke Kimura and Sean McSweeney but Stephen Keeley has returned to the fold and youth player Ewan O’Brien has proven a revelation since his step up.
The Dublin Premier side will provide stern opposition for the Limerick side but Regional have already shown they are made of sterner stuff than of yore and hopes are high of a local success.

The Lawson Cup continues apace with eleven games to complete the line-up for the third round.
There is no real stand out tie but plenty to keep the fans entertained.
Pity poor Dromore Celtic. After conceding seven to Herbertstown last weekend, they face Premier champions Janesboro this Sunday.

‘Boro’ were in fine form last week when they hit Geraldines for six. You feel the goal scoring tally may increase after Sunday’s tie despite the best efforts of a game Dromore Celtic side.
Prospect were pipped at the post last weekend against Ballynanty Rvs. This Sunday they host Division 4 leaders Lisnagry in a tie they should be too strong for the visitors.

Of the other Premier sides Carew Park travel to Knockainey more in hope than anticipation while Aisling will be on a high after their FAI Junior Cup win last weekend when they make a difficult Pallasgreen XI.
Newport were bitterly disappointed to have been knocked out of the FAI Junior Cup last weekend against Aisling and it remains to be seen how they respond to that setback. On Sunday they host another Premier outfit in Kilmallock and if they can reproduce last weekends display they have a chance.
Division 1A leaders Mungret Reg should be too strong for v Granville Rgs while second placed Coonagh travel to take on Summerville Rvs.

Moyross, lying just behind Mungret and Coonagh, in the table face another tricky assignment against a Hyde Rgs side whose only two defeats this season were against Premier opposition in Pike Rvs and Prospect.
Two Division 1A teams clash when Holycross take on Murroe and there should be little between the sides. Division 1B leaders, the prolific Kilfrush take on Wembley Rvs. The county side, after 17 games are averaging nearly 4.5 goals per game which could make it a difficult 90 minutes for the Blues.

The final game sees the bang in form Hill Celtic hosting Ballylanders.
In the PJ Matthews Premier League, Pike Rvs will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways in their tie with Geraldines. A win will close the gap on Janesboro to four points.

Nenagh are going through a rough patch and will not find things any easier when Ballynanty Rvs come to town on Sunday.
The Tuohy Cup continues on Wednesday evening with Aisling Annacotty taking on Prospect Priory. The winners will meet either Carew Park or Janesboro in the last four.