TWO Limerick sides have made it through to today’s quarter-final stages of the prestigious Kennedy Cup soccer tournament at the University of Limerick.
The Limerick District Schoolboy League face the Donegal League at 3pm, while at the same time, the Limerick County League meet the Dublin District Schoolboy League.
The Limerick District League topped Group 1 on nine points, winning each of their three matches to secure their place in the last eight of the Cup. They began on Monday evening with a 2-1 success over South Tipperary, before seeing off Cavan/Monaghan 2-1 and the Limerick Desmond 4-1 in their two fixtures yesterday.
The Limerick County side also boasted a 100% record in setting up their Kennedy Cup quarter-final meeting with a fancied Dublin District side this Wednesday afternoon.
Limerick County opened their Group 6 programme with a 1-0 win over the Midlands, before recording wins over the Galway league, 2-0, and the Mayo League 1-0. The Limerick County side didn’t concede a single goal on route to the quarter-finals.
Should the Limerick District and Limerick County sides win their respective quarter-finals this afternoon, they will advance to face each other in the semi-finals at UL tomorrow, Thursday. That game is due to begin at 3pm. The final of the Kennedy Cup is due to be played on Friday afternoon at 2pm.
The Limerick Desmond League, who finished third in the group which was topped by the Limerick District, advanced to a Shield quarter-final clash with the South Dublin Football League also today, Wednesday, at UL, at 3pm.
The Kennedy Cup competition, which was established back in 1976, has seen many Irish international players display their talents down through the years.
Roy Keane, captained Cork to success in 1984, Damien Duff and Ian Harte played for the Dublin District Schoolboys League, while John O’ Shea played for Waterford in 1995.