Club action resumes after Oscar Traynor woe

Club action resumes after Oscar Traynor woe

After the disappointment of Oscar Traynor defeat last Sunday most of the players involved are in action for their clubs in the Munster Junior Cup this weekend hoping for better luck this time out.

Pike Rovers face a trip to Cork to take on an unknown quantity in Dolans Cow FC. The home side ply their trade in the Cork Shipping League where they lead the way in the Premier League.

It’s hard to gauge the standard of the Shipping League but Pike should have no fears travelling south.

Since their defeat to Fairview Rgs in the League Pike have won four on the trot and are improving all the time.

Wayne Colbert suffered a recent injury and the Hoops are anxiously awaiting news of the severity of the problem. He has been in superb form and would be a massive loss if sidelined for a prolonged period.

On the positive side Colin Daly should be back to full fitness to help what is a relatively small squad to select from.

Janesboro welcome Tramore FC to Pearse Stadium and expectations are high that they will reach the last eight. Tramore are currently mid table in the Waterford Premier League but if Janesboro can hit anything like their true form they will be strong for the visitors.

'Boro suffered a demoralising 4-1 defeat to Pike Rovers in their last outing but even their opponents would accept this was an aberration and best put out of mind.

With Aidan Hurley back to tighten up the defence I expect 'Boro to reach the last eight and a clash with the winners of Shannon Town and Killarney.

Fairview Rangers welcome Douglas Hall to the Fairgreen. The Cork MSL side lead the way In their Premier Junior League so will be no pushovers but Fairview, like Janesboro and Pike, will be strongly fancied to advance.

Following two defeats that derailed their season somewhat Fairview bounced back with a couple of wins to reignite their hopes of taking the Premier League.

Other games of note this weekend are in the Lawson Cup where the Premier clubs join the fray.

Regional United are getting used to life without Garbhan Coughlan and play their first game away to Coonagh. Coonagh are in good form in Division 2A but will face a different proposition in a Regional United side who have been superb this season.

Ollie O'Driscoll is an excellent man to take up the mantle as striker for the Dooradoyle side and with a few games under his belt will no doubt prove his worth.

Kilmallock's rise to the upper echelons of Division 1A will make Carew Park sit up and take notice as the sides prepare to meet on Sunday. Former Carew player Pat O'Byrne will lead Kilmallock into the game and they have full intentions of making it quite difficult for the high flying Premier side.

Ballynanty Rvs and Summerville met two weeks back when Balla won 4-2 in a League tie. The Lawson pits the sides together again o Sunday.

Ballylanders face a Moyross side in need of a morale boosting win following four defeats in their last five. The Northside club are playing well but are not clinical enough. Sunday's test should help restore some belief. Geraldines welcome Hospital to the Green while Aisling Annacotty need to be on guard against a tricky Croom Utd side.

Other ties promise good games particularly Holycross v Murroe while Newport will look to bounce back when they host Athlunkard Villa. Hyde Rgs will not find the going easy against Bruff Utd and likewise Shelbourne's home game with Pallasgreen.

Corbally Utd will be aiming to keep to winning ways with a home tie against Meanus.