Current Premier League holders Pike Rovers compete in their first final of the season this Saturday evening when they meet Kerry side St Brendan’s Park in the final of the Munster Champions Cup.
The Cup was introduced last season to be played off between the various League winners in Munster.
Clonmel won the inaugural cup and Pike Rvs are hoping they can get their name on the trophy at this early stage.
The Kerry side had the perfect preparation with a 1-0 win over Ennis Town in the FAI last weekend and are improving year on year.
They will not fear Pike Rvs and will in fact rise to the occasion of meeting one of the ‘big guns’.
Pike will be the bookies favourites but as they have learned in previous years, that count for nothing and anything but a full blooded performance may cost them dearly.
You feel however Declan Considine will have his side warned against complacency.
The battle for places is heating up in the side and that should be another factor to keep players on their toes.
The game is on in Askeaton on Saturday evening and a large local following should add to the occasion.
On Sunday afternoon the last of the local rounds of the Munster Junior Cup take place with the tie of the round pitting Corbally Utd against Ballynanty Rvs.
Balla were disappointed with their performance exiting the FAI Junior Cup to Janesboro in recent weeks and the Manager will demand much more this time out.
Corbally have shown they are capable of pulling a big result out of the hat when least expected and Sunday could be one of those days.
However you feel Balla will be itching to make up for their FAI defeat and are favoured to progress.
Premier League leaders Carew Park host a Charleville side who enter the fray more in hope than expectations.
Carew have been getting the results this year and in Jonathan Grant possess the top scorer in the top flight. Will Charleville be able to contain him? With five goals in the first two rounds of the competition you’d expect not.
Two teams from Div 1B vie for a place in the out of town stages of the competition when Newport host Hyde Rgs. The sides met two weeks back when Newport won 5-1. Hyde require a big improvement if they are to overturn the Tipperary side but it’s not beyond them.
Hospital are in a fine vein of form and are strongly fancied to see off the challenge of Dromore Celtic despite playing a division below their opponents.
Shannon Hibs who are propping up the Premier League at present host a Janesboro side that got a huge boost in their last game beating Balla in the FAI.
Prospect host Caherconlish in the final Munster game scheduled and it’s a game that could go either way. On their day Caherconlish would have the upper hand but too often this season they have been inconsistent. Likewise Prospect, but their victories over Caherdavin and Geraldines in previous rounds suggests they are keen on a run in this competition.
An interesting sidebar sees former Prospect hero Aidan Ryan line up against his old team on Sunday.
There are two Premier League ties down for decision as Geraldines host Regional Utd and Wembley Rvs take on Kilmallock where the points may prove precious.
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