Pat Sheehan looks ahead to the weekend soccer action involving Limerick LDMC’s teams.
The Munster Junior Cup takes pride of place on Sunday when a place in the quarter finals is up for grabs when Janesboro welcome Regional Utd to Pearse Stadium.
It’s unfortunate these two Limerick sides had to meet at this stage of the competition, as both have a real chance of going all the way.
The winners will play the winners of Nenagh and Abbeyfeale for a place in the last four so you can expect this to be a humdinger.
The sides have only met once this season, Janesboro won 2-0 back in September and went on a superb run with Fairview’s win in the FAI their only defeat since then.
Regional have had the tougher path to this stage with wins over Carew Park, Fairview B, Corbally Utd and Ringmahon while ‘Boro made it through with victories over Weston Villa, Wembley Rvs Charleville and Aisling,
Striker Shane Clarke went through a rather lean spell by his standards in December with no return from three games but in his last four games he has netted nine goals to bring his tally for the season to 33.
It’s a no brainer to state that how Regional can handle the ‘Boro will play a huge part in the outcome.
Regional’s problem is too much focus on the one man will open up opportunities for the likes of Conor Lynch, Mike O’Gorman and Shane Waters.
Ironically it is in the scoring department that Regional have been deficient this season. Twelve goals in eleven Premier starts speaks for itself.
They do have in Kieran O’Connell probably the most consistent performer in the League at present and another big outing from the captain is required.
Form would suggest ‘Boro should shade it but Regional have shown in this competition that they are capable of lowering the colours of the favourites so it may not be as clear cut as first appearance.
In the Lawson Cup in the last eight is up for grabs in the four games listed for Sunday.
There are two all Premier clashes. Knockainey fresh from a win over Aisling last weekend welcome Carew Park.
Current holders Pike Rovers, following victory over Granville last weekend are at home to a Summerville Rvs side smarting from a Tuohy Cup semi final defeat last week to Janesboro.
Div 1A leaders Wembley Rvs take on Herbertstown while in form Holycross welcome Premier side Aisling Annacotty.
One game down for decision in the Kilmurry Lodge Premier League when Moyross host Ballynanty Rvs in a local derby.
Balla have bragging rights after their first game winning 1-0 earlier in the season.
Moyross have one eye on next week’s FAI Game versus Carrick but will still put up a good fight. Fairview Rgs travel to the Burren to take on the local side in the Munster Youth Cup and a place in the last four is the prize on offer.
Herbertstown went to the same venue and chalked up a 5-0 win in the FAI so Fairview should not fear the trip, nor should they treat it lightly.