Pat Sheehan previews the weekend action in the LDMC where the standout game is the refixed FAI Junior Cup game between Janesboro and Ballynanty Rovers.
The FAI Junior Cup clash between Janesboro and Ballynanty Rvs, which was cancelled last weekend as a mark of respect to the late Jack O’Hanlon, father of Janesboro Manager Shane, gets the go ahead again this weekend and once again is the main attraction.
Janesboro will be licking their wounds following a bad result going down 4-2 at home to Geraldines last time out.
A number of things went against Boro in that game and their fans will be hoping they get a better run of luck this weekend.
Shane Clarke is still finding the net with regularity and leads the way in the scoring charts. Boro still have to figure out their best front two with Conor Lynch, Christy Doyle and now Declan Nash also in the mix. All four are proven Goalscorers but the mix has to be right for the team’s sake.
On Sunday they face a Balla side who have already inflicted a 3-0 defeat on them earlier in the season.
With the League now virtually out of their minds, the FAI and MFA cups give Boro a goal and they could well have an extended run in both.
First up however are Balla and they have improved as a team this season with a number of young lads starting to get a foothold. Jason Hughes’ performances have deservedly seen him drafted into the Oscar Traynor side while Shane Guerin and Dara Hughes are also having a fine campaign to date.
Sunday’s game has all the ingredients of a classic cup tie and don’t be surprised if penalties are needed to separate the sides.
The last remaining FAI tie Pike v Murroe is also fixed for Sunday at the county venue.
Pike will be unbackable favourites for the tie but will also know better than to take anything for granted. Murroe’s form in Div 1B has been impressive. A disastrous start to the season saw them with just one win in their first six games but they regrouped and they have five wins and a draw in their last six games. Included in that run was a victory over Shannon Town in the FAI Junior Cup.
They are no mugs and have some serious players on their books. That said, on for Pike should have too much in reserve. By their own admission Pike have not been at their best in this campaign to date but seem to be able to do what’s required when the big occasion arrives.
A win on Sunday will put them into the open draw and that should be enough to focus the minds.
There are two games down for decision in the Premier League.
Leaders Carew Park have a chance to open a five point gap at the top of the table if they can pick up the points in a home tie against Corbally Utd.
Corbally’s current form does not suggest they will put a halt to Carew’s unbeaten start to the season but on their day they are capable of such a feat.
Carew for their part are going about their business quietly and after beating nearest rivals Pike in their last league game, would be hoping for a similar effort this time out.
Geraldines host Wembley Rvs in the second game in what could be described as a mid table clash, although Wembley are a bit close to the wrong end for comfort.
Geraldines have been playing some nice football but in Wenbley meet another side renowned for the stylish play. A draw would not be a shock here.
Two teams sure to be in the shake up for a return to the top flight come seasons end are Mungret Reg and Summerville and the sides meet at the weekend in Div 1A in what should be a cracking game.
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