Pat Sheehan looks forward to the LDMC soccer action this weekend, where the highlight is the three Limerick sides in the FAI Junior Cup.
Limerick’s three remaining hopes in the FAI Junior Cup have 6th round ties this weekend with hopes high that the city will still have decent representation come Sunday evening.
Pike Rovers face a difficult trip to Wexford to meet a bang in form North End Utd XI.
The home side recorded a 4-0 win over Woodview Celtic in the Leinster Senior Cup at the weekend and will not fear the mighty Pike Rovers arriving en masse.
North End reached the sixth round by virtue of a 4-0 win over Cork Eagles in the previous round and still unbeaten in the League will be full of confidence.
Pike Rovers also had a big win in Round Five when they beat Ballyhaunis 6-1. A 3-0 win over Summerville Rovers last weekend will have the side in fine fettle going into Sunday’s tie.
Moyross are also on the road when they meet Clondalkin in the Capital.
Clondalkin accounted for Fairview Rangers in the previous round and while Fairview had a number of players sent off it was quite obvious the ‘Dubs” were a decent side.
And the bookmakers recognise this dropping their odds from 80/1 to 16/1 after that Fairview game.
Moyross did not have the perfect preparation going down 2-1 to Knockainey last weekend although they were short a couple of their top players.
The Limerick side will need a full deck to deal from this weekend if they hope to progress, and will need patience and discipline, a prerequisite to a long run in the competition.
Regional Utd have home advantage when they host another Dublin side River Valley Rangers.
The visitors had a big win in the previous round against another Limerick side Newcastle West Rovers and while they might find Regional a tougher nut to crack they will not fear the journey.
Regional played a scoreless draw with Corbally at the weekend and while not the perfect preparation they will use it as a good workout.
As we have learnt over the years with Regional Utd, they can be brilliant one week and follow up with a real dud performance next time out.
Failure to put away their chances has cost them this season but I feel a performance with more speed and urgency could see them into the last 16.
On Saturday evening in the Munster Junior Cup Aisling Annacotty and Janesboro battle it out for a place in the last 16 of the tournament. Aisling already have the scalps of Pallas, Ballynanty Rovers and Summerville Rovers in this competition and are treating it as a bonus from their League woes and seem to relish in the less pressurised atmosphere.
In September ‘Boro hit Aisling for eight goals in the Tuohy Cup but before Christmas the sides met again when Aisling held them to a well deserved share of the spoils.
It was the first time ‘Boro were held scoreless since the first game of the season and you just cannot see Aisling keeping them out again.
Whether Mike McCarthy’s men can match them in the scoring stakes remains to be seen.
In the Munster Youth Cup three Limerick sides will vie for a place in the last 16; Fairview Rgs welcome Clonakilty, Aisling Annacotty host Kilreen and Regional Utd meet Killarney in UL on Saturday afternoon.
In the Kilmurry Lodge Premier League top game is Carew Park v Geraldines, with both sides right in contention for the title.
A win for Carew would put them joint top while a Geraldines victory would leave them just a pointy behind top side Janesboro.
Knockainey will be looking for back to back wins when they host Ballynanty Rovers while Corbally Utd welcome Fairview Rangers to Athlunkard.