Limerick Soccer - Lawson Cup goes centre stage

Pat Sheehan looks forward to this week’s action in the LDMC where the Lawson Cup is the main attraction.

Pat Sheehan looks forward to this week’s action in the LDMC where the Lawson Cup is the main attraction.

The Lawson Cup is the pick of the bunch this weekend with five matches taking place who can join Caherconlish and Moyross already sitting pretty in the quarter finals.

A couple of games look well worth a visit but the clash of Geraldines and Pike Rvs is a mouth watering prospect.

While Carew Park have been making all the headlines to date the performance of Geraldines since their promotion last season has been amazing. Geraldines were promoted a couple of years back and went straight back down without winning a game. This time out they were determined to do things differently and have proven successful.

A good manager, coach and trainer has seen them rise to second in the table albeit with a few extra games played, but I’m sure they are enjoying the ride.

Sunday’s Lawson Cup clash with Pike is a bonus and ‘Dines will give it a right go.

The sides met already this season when Pike won 2-0 and I’m sure Paul O’Donnell would prefer if the Hoops had not slipped up last weekend.

Pike have not been firing on all cylinders this season but are still getting results. Getting down to the serious side of things in FAI, Munster Lawson and League, Pike need a transformation and manager Declan Considine will be hoping last weekend’s slip up can be the catalyst.

There is very little wrong with Pike and if they can pinpoint the missing ingredient they will take serious stopping.

Another all-premier clash sees Fairview Rgs hosting Regional Utd. Fairview’s disappointment at losing in the Tuohy Final last weekend must be put down to experience as their young squad face a Regional side, themselves in need of a boost after an unlucky FAI exit.

Lisnagry take on Hospital in what could prove a cracking tie, Glenview Rvs take on Wembley Rvs in the Cats Cradle while Murroe face the unenviable task of trying to halt a Carew Park bandwagon that is in no mood to be stopped.

In the Premier League focus is on the relegation battle with three of the sides in the thick of trouble in action.

The bottom two sides are in action when Shannon Hibs host Kilmallock. A defeat for the home side would make it almost impossible to avoid the drop while a win for Kilmallock could, depending on results elsewhere, move out of the bottom two.

Corbally are ten points clear of the drop zone but know a win over Aisling will ease the pressure further but the visitors need the points.

Aisling have a two point cushion over Kilmallock but with the county side playing winless Shannon Hibs, Aisling know they could be leapfrogged if they fail to get something from this one.

Ballynanty Rvs host Janesboro and with both teams keeping an eye on bigger games on the horizon the chances of a draw here are quite possible.

On Saturday Fairview travel to Galway to take on Mervue in the FAI U-17 Quarter Final. The Limerick side will be hoping for a better performance than last weekend when they exited the FAI Youth Cuprather tamely against Edenderry.

On Thursday evening the Division 1A O’Halloran Cup Semi-Final in Jackman Park promises plenty of action as two of the best sides in the League cross swords when Granville Rgs take on Mungret Reg. Both teams come into the tie on the back of good wins last weekend. Granville hit nine against Fairview and Mungret beat Balla 3-0 so expect plenty of goals.

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