Janesboro and Ballynanty clash as Tuohy Cup gets underway

Pat Sheehan


Pat Sheehan

Janesboro and Ballynanty clash as Tuohy Cup gets underway

Tonight (Wednesday) sees the kick off of the Premier League's Tuohy Cup with an exciting game on offer as Janesboro and Ballynanty Rovers do battle in Jackman Park at 7.00pm.

Both teams have had indifferent starts to the season but have shown enough to know they will be in the shake up for division of trophies by season's end.

Janesboro, many people's favourites to regain the Premier League title, have already lost two games to Carew Park and Regional Utd. For their part Balla lost three of their nine league games to date.

Both teams were hit with defections and injuries as games came at them two games per week but with things reverting back to normal we should see more settled sides.

The two sides met in the season opener in Shelbourne Park where Janesboro ran out 3-1 winners.

Since then Adrian Power from Moyross, Ben Quirke from Kilmallock and Kevin Barry from Pike Rovers have been added to bolster the Janesboro squad while Balla have also added a couple of players in Peter Ryan from Pike Rovers and Shane Guerin from Moyross. Dermot Fitzgerald's return from Australia is another huge boost for the Blues.

As runners up last season, Boro will be keen to go one better this time out but face a young and eager Balla XI who last won the cup ten years ago so they should expect nothing easy.

This weekend is the turn of the Munster Junior Cup to take centre stage with the clubs glad to return to one game per week.

The all Premier clash between Moyross Utd A and Aisling Annacotty A looks like the highlight.

The sides met earlier in the League campaign when a Keith Mawdsley double helped Aisling to a 2-1 win.

Since then Moyross have lost a couple of key players but the remaining players will produce the usual Moyross challenge.

Aisling have strengthened further with a couple of good signings, most notably former player Evan O'Connor from the Limerick U-19s.

Geraldines suffered a very disappointing FAI exit last weekend at the hands of Division 2A side Shelbourne.

They have the chance to make amends this weekend when the sides cross swords again in Munster action.

Niall Hogan has done great work with Shels and they deserved their success last weekend. However I don't think Geraldines can be as poor again. They lacked players who showed the courage to step up and accept responsibility last Sunday. No doubt Tommy Barrett will have worked on this over the week and the Premier side will produce a better showing this time.

Nenagh AFC, bitterly disappointed at the manner of their exit from the FAI last weekend, welcome a Summerville Rovers selection on Sunday.

Premier League winners Carew Park face a sticky assignment against a bang in-form Holycross side at the county venue.

Lying second in Division 1A and averaging three goals per game, the home side will relish the visit of the Premier Champions.

Carew Park produced their best display of the season last weekend beating Newmarket 3-1 in the Munster Champions Cup and with a number of key personnel returning they are beginning to take a familiar shape.

Regional United should take care when hosting an Athlunkard Villa side renowned for taking a big scalp once a year.

Newport Town did well at home to Balla last weekend but ended up with nothing to show.

They get another chance to test themselves against the best on Sunday when they welcome Janesboro to their superb facilities.

Kilmallock Utd will be favourites to beat a Hill Celtic struggling somewhat while Star Rovers will do well to contain Fairview Rangers in Lee Estate.

Balla travel to Mungret Regional B where they should have few worries and likewise Pike Rovers will be too strong for Bruff Utd.