Limerick Soccer - League returns after cup excitement

Pat Sheehan looks forward this weekend's LDMC action
Pat Sheehan looks forward to this weekend’s action in the Limerick Junior Soccer leagues.

Pat Sheehan looks forward to this weekend’s action in the Limerick Junior Soccer leagues.

After the high profile cup activity of the last few weeks all eyes return to the Premier League this weekend.

Janesboro beat Pike Rvs last weekend to re-open the battle for the title and while the leading bunch are expected to win at the weekend nothing should be taken for granted.

Pike Rvs suffered their first defeat of the season in the League and the result has hauled the Hoops back into arms length of the chasing pack.

On Sunday they meet Summerville Rvs who suffered their worst defeat of the season last weekend going down 5-1 to Corbally Utd. Manager Mike Shields will be determined

to get his side back on track. Winning the Tuohy Cup two weeks ago should have given the side a spur but they looked rather flat last weekend going down to an understrength Janesboro XI.

While the crucial games in the run in will be between the key players, the contenders need to be wary of dropping points unexpectedly.

Summerville will be hurting after last weekend defeat and manager Pat Koyce will demand a better performance. Pike may be the wrong side to meet on such occasions but be sure they will give it a go.

It remains to be seen how Geraldines will react to such a heart breaking defeat in Dublin last weekend when they lost on a penalty shoot out to holder Sheriff in the FAI Junior Cup.

Next Sunday they face a local derby against Granville Rgs knowing they need full points to keep their very real chances of League success on course. If the ‘Dines win their game in hand they will be just two points behind Pike Rvs and with the sides still to play it is all to play for.

Granville have not been getting the required results and are rooted in the relegation zone, four points from safety. They have the players capable of climbing out of the danger zone but need to start getting points on board quickly.

Janesboro will be determined to keep their good run going following their victory over Pike Rvs last weekend and on Sunday they visit Regional Utd.

The Dooradoyle side already beat ‘Boro this season and with while they are out of the big cups still aim to finish the season as high as possible in the table.

Janesboro were short a host of top names for last weeks tie and it remains to be seen if these players will be available for selection.

If they are the manager faces a dilemma such was the performance of his side last weekend.

Wembley Rvs are still without a point to their credit despite plenty of heart and passion.

Their task does not get any easier on Sunday when they host Carew Park.

The visitors were unlucky in their FAI game last weekend against St Michaels but still have plenty to play for.

They have not given up on retaining their League title despite trailing the leaders by nine points.

One game is down for decision in the Lawson Cup when FAI Cup semi finalists Ballynanty Rvs host Athlunkard Villa. Balla are on a high after last weekends 3-2 win over Liffey Wanderers in the FAI and while the pressure is off somewhat on Sunday, the Blues still have their eyes firmly on the top trophy in Limerick.

Athlunkard Villa started the season patchy but seem to have settled and will enjoy the challenge on Sunday but ultimately should find the gap too much to close.

Thursday evening’s game is the Div 1A O’Halloran Cup clash between Caherdavin Celtic and Moyross in Jackman Park at 7.30pm.

Caherdavin are current holders of the Trophy and they meet a Moyross side on the back of an impressive 4-0 win over Pike Rvs last week.