Limerick Soccer - Munster Junior Cup goes centre stage

Frank Nelligan previews the Munster Junior Cup games involving the Limerick Desmond League teams.

Frank Nelligan previews the Munster Junior Cup games involving the Limerick Desmond League teams.

Two of the six Munster Junior Cup second round games take place on Sunday, with the away teams fancied in both.

Adare United (Division 1)

v Killeaney (Premier Division)

Killeaney have been poor in the league this season, losing four out of five, and so the Cup competitions have come as a welcome respite for them. Last Sunday, they won 6-3 away to Connolly Celtic in the second round of the FAI Junior Cup, while they enjoyed a 2-0 victory at home to Pallaskenry in the first round of this competition a few weeks ago.

Adare United’s first round victory was by a one-goal margin away to Ballysteen. They were away to the Premier Division bottom side, Newcastle West Rovers, in the FAI Junior Cup in the middle of September and lost 4-2.

Being on home on this occasion will be an advantage but maybe not as much as one would expect as Adare have lost two out of their three home games in Division 1 so far this season. Taking that into account and also the fact that the Killeaney management were impressed by the performance and attitude of their players last Sunday, the verdict goes to the visitors.

Forecast: Killeaney

Glin Rovers B (Division 4)

v Carrig Celtic (Premier)

Glin Rovers B are doing reasonably well in Division 4, even though promotion will be out of reach if Shountrade and Shannonside FC continue to set such a relentless pace.

Glin Rovers B received a bye in the first round, as did Carrig Celtic, who are mid-table in the Premier Division, having recorded victories against Abbeyfeale United, Ballingarry and Newcastle West Rovers. They have scored an average of two goals per game in their seven Premier games and, given that their defence would fancy itself to hold out against Glin Rovers B, the odds favour a Carrig victory.

Forecast: Carrig Celtic

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