Pike look to make up lost ground

A reduced Limerick District League programme gives Pike Rovers the chance to close the gap at the top of the Premier Division they host Regional Utd on Sunday morning.

A reduced Limerick District League programme gives Pike Rovers the chance to close the gap at the top of the Premier Division they host Regional Utd on Sunday morning.

Pike’s scheduled fixture with Aisling over the Christmas period was halted after just five minutes. Conor Kavanagh had just given Pike the lead in their game at Aisling Annacotty when the lights failed sending everyone home disappointed.

Pike had new signings Dave Ryan (from Athlone) and Jeffery Judge (from Limerick) on parade and while less than ten minutes was played they looked the part in that short space of time.

They currently lie seven points behind Janesboro in the table with two games less played. Looking to make it five championships in a row, Pike have a bit to do to catch an excellent Boro side but a win on Sunday will give them the impetus they need.

Indeed a sign of Janesboro’s quality was underlined on Thursday night when they beat Pike 3-1 in the Tuohy Cup quarter-final.

Regional, after a horrendous start to the season which saw them win once in five games, followed up with ten wins from eleven starts.

However they faltered again towards the end of last year and are now on a four-match losing streak. Gordon Cowpar and Tom O’Connell will do well to halt the slide this week but the side are much better than their recent run suggests.

The other Premier game on offer is Ballynanty Rovers v Wembley Rovers at Shelbourne Park.

Balla have not played since their heart-breaking penalty kicks defeat to Pike Rovers in the FAI Junior Cup in early December. It remains to be seen how they react to that defeat but they should keep take plenty of positives from that tie which suggested they are capable of matching the best. Consistency is their enemy.

Wembley are on a great run that has seen them lose just once in their last ten games. That said they are still just five games from the drop zone and should not take anything for granted. They are too good to be mired in the relegation dog fight but the season’s past are riddled with sides who were relegated who were considered too good. The hard work still must to be done.

The Lawson Cup gets into full flow on Sunday with 22 games down for decision.

The top tie is the all Premier clash of Janesboro and Star Rovers. Taking a break from their pursuit of honours in the Premier League, Boro will enjoy the break but will be aware of the potential threat posed by Star.

When the sides met in the league earlier in the season Boro ran in seven goals without reply so Star will not be looking forward to the tie with any glee.

Division 1A Leaders Geraldines travel to meet Cappamore while Polonia Luimni welcome another Division 1A side in Mungret Regional.

Shannon Town and Shannon Hibs clash in Shannon vying for local bragging rights while Parkville will be trying to keep an in form Caherdavin Celtic at bay.

Athlunkard Villa host Kennedy Park looking to overturn a 3-0 league defeat to the same opposition.

Newport always make life difficult for visitors and on Sunday Moyross will be looking to make it to round two of the prestigious competition.

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