Pat Sheehan looks forward to the weekend soccer action in the LDMC leagues.
Carrick Utd come to town on Sunday afternoon to take on Limerick’s last hope in the FAI Junior Cup, Moyross Utd.
There is great excitement on the Northside as Moyross prepare to show how far they have progressed in a short number of years as they pit their wits against one of the better sides in the country.
Carrick Utd are on a high after signing former star player Daryl Kavanagh from Sligo Rovers and Jack Doherty from Limerick FC.
It is welcome good news for the Waterford side who lost Lee Grace to Wexford Youths and the influential Michael Coady and Adam McSherry are also out through injury.
The enigmatic Kavanagh played League of Ireland with Waterford United, Cobh Ramblers, Limerick FC, St Patrick’s Athletic, Shamrock Rovers, Cork City and Sligo Rovers and is a superb addition to an already strong side.
Like in Limerick the Waterford Premier League currently has three teams joint top; Carrick are joined by Southend and Hibernians. Carrick played out a scoreless draw with Southend last weekend.
Moyross for their part have been a little inconsistent of late but hopes are high that the influential Keith Colbert will be back from injury to take his place in the middle of the park. Either way you can rest assure Philip Power and Frank Hogan will have worked out any kinks before Sunday’s game.
Moyross will be aware they go into the tie as outsiders, a tag they will relish and with a vociferous home support they could make life quite uncomfortable for the Waterford side.
Mungret Regional are in Munster Junior Cup action as they travel to take on Dungarvan in Waterford.
The home side top the league in Division 1A, much like Mungret in the Limerick Division 1A league.
Mungret had a good win last weekend to put them in the right frame and hopes are high they can return with the desired result.
Places in the last eight of the Lawson Cup are on offer in three scheduled games for Sunday.
Prospect Priory host Regional Utd, Janesboro take on Murroe and Charleville welcome Corbally Utd to the Cork venue on Saturday evening.
The big game in the Kilmurry Lodge Premier League sees two of the joint leaders Carew Park and Pike Rovers meet for the right to take over outright lead (Janesboro are not in League action).
It is the third time the sides will meet this season. Carew Park came out tops in both although an objection gave Pike Rovers the points in the League encounter.
After this game both teams will have just eight games remaining so nerves may start showing which means a draw is the most likely outcome.
Geraldines have a game less played than the top three and on Sunday they welcome bottom side Knockainey. A win will leave them four points off the top but with all the top teams still to meet each other, anything could happen. Fairview Rangers host Summerville Rovers in another Premier League tie.
A big game in Division 1A is a must win one for the home side when Kilmallock welcome Newport.
In Division 2A form sides Hill Celtic and St Pats meet in Hogan Park while Herbertstown coming with a late run welcome Southend.
Another game that promises to be a cracker is the Division 3A Cup clash between Croom Utd and Star Rovers. Both sides were promoted last weekend so the cup is the icing on the cake for either side.