Limerick soccer switches focus to Lawson Cup

Pat Sheehan looks forward to a weekend of local soccer action where the highlight is the remaining quarter-finals in the Lawson Cup.

Pat Sheehan looks forward to a weekend of local soccer action where the highlight is the remaining quarter-finals in the Lawson Cup.

With Ballynanty Rovers and Pike Rovers sitting pretty in the last four, the two remaining semi finalists will be decided this weekend in the coveted Lawson Cup.

Presented to local soccer 60 years ago by George Lawson, the cup always seems to bring out the best in local action and Sunday’s action should be no different.

With the Tuohy Cup already tucked safely away ‘Boro will be determined to keep their impressive form going when they make the short trip to Carew Park.

The sides met a few weeks back in a top of the table clash and on that occasion ‘Boro ran out easy 4-1 winners.

On last Sunday Carew suffered a similar reverse in a League game with Regional and Denis Griffin and Co., will have their hands full trying to get the spirits back up for next weekend’s encounter.

They meet a Boro side on a high after their impressive win over Corbally in the final of the Tuohy Cup last Friday evening.

With celebrations well out of the way they will refocus for Sunday’s game and on form are unbackable favourites.

How Carew plan to deal with the attacking threat posed by Boro is a problem that has perplexed most sides this season.

Just as injury knocked Shane Clarke out of his stride, Conor Lynch hits a purple patch to keep things ticking along nicely.

Carew Park, however are nothing if not battlers and they will not go down without a fight.

They have players capable of mixing with their visitors but need to hit 100% if they are to Div 1A side Dromore Celtic are in action in the second game as they host Regional Utd to Rathuard.

Many people had written off Dromore at the start of the season but a couple of savvy signings has turned the fortunes of the club around and they are well in the hunt for promotion.

They meet a Regional Utd side back to fine form after a disastrous mid season run.

They have regrouped and are showing a conviction that was lacking a few months back.

Much of that reversal in fortune came about as the club were pitted as underdogs.

However on Sunday they will be again cast as favourites which will be another test for the Dooradoyle youngsters.

They will need to put in the same effort as they have in recent Premier games or they could well suffer a shock exit.

In the Premier League Pike are looking to close the gap at the top of the table to seven points when they visit Aisling Annacotty on Saturday evening. Pike Rvs were too strong last weekend when they put four past Hospital in the Lawson Cup without reply.

They should prove too strong for Aisling having already beaten them three times this season but will have in the back of their mind their Munster Junior Cup game when Pike scraped through 2-1.

Aisling squandered a two goal lead last weekend against Wembley and similar generosity this weekend will be punished by a potent Pike attack.

A real six pointer in the relegation battle is scheduled for Lee Estate on Sunday when Star Rvs entertain Summerville in a must win game for both sides.

Corbally will be watching that one with interest as they strive to break clear of the drop zone.

They welcome Balla to Athlunkard and it remains to be seen how they respond to their Tuohy Cup final defeat.

In Div 1A Geraldines under Paul O’Donnell will make a welcome return to the top flight if they get a point in their game with Granville Rgs.

Another team who will be promoted if they can pick up a point is Moyross in Div 1B who must go to Cals Park to take on Prospect.

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