Stay on your feet: Pike's Colin Daly is caught between Ballynanty's Kevin Nolan and Dermot Fitzgerald
On Friday evening the Limerick Inter County youth team kick off their campaign with a home tie versus the Galway League at Jackman Park with an 8pm kick off.
Success at this level is long overdue for Limerick although current manager Martin Sugrue, along with Jason O’Connor went within a whisker of winning the competition three seasons back, before going down in the decider to the Cork League.
It is always hard to gauge the strength of one’s League until they pit their wits against their counterparts so we go into the tie rather blind.
That the standard of youth football in the country has fallen is a given but Limerick still possess some outstanding talent. We’ll find out on Friday how it compares.
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The team will selected from the following squad; Kevin Walsh (Regional), David Parajnak (Charleville), Craig Carew (Caledonians), Darren Collins (Newport), Tyrique Leamy (Kilfrush), Paudie Hartigan (Regional), Jorge Gustavo (Charleville), Jamie Greaves (Regional), Tommy Canty (Aisling Annacotty), Kyle Duhig (Fairview), Sean Erasmus (Regional), Frankie Hehir (Kilfrush), James Collopy (Fairview), Blake Curran (Fairview), Shay McCarthy (Fairview), Anthony McNamara (Caledonians), Ewan O’Brien (Regional), Conor O’Shaughnessy (Caherdavin), Eoin O’Regan (Regional), Jack Noble (Newport)
One outstanding game in the Munster Junior Cup is on Sunday morning when Janesboro host Aisling for the right to challenge Geraldines for a place in the Open stages of the provincial competition.
Aisling have been something of a bogey side to ‘Boro over the last couple of seasons but the Premier champions already tasted victory in Annacotty in an earlier League game and the form they were in last week hitting 15 goals without reply, suggests they have regained their mojo.
Aisling advanced in the FAI last weekend with a win over Caherdavin but by their own admission were not at their best.
They will need a 360 degree turnaround if they hope to topple the visitors this time out.
One game in the Premier League sees Nenagh at home to a struggling Carew Park side.
Nenagh conceded a whopping 10 goals to Regional last weekend whereas Carew Park were unable to filed a side. At least there will be a better outcome for one of the sides this weekend.
In the Tuohy Cup Ballynanty Rvs, following their first defeat of the season to Pike last Sunday, will be hoping to get back to winning ways at home to Fairview Rgs.
Fairview eased through in their FAI game with Caherconlish and will be no pushover for a Balla side stung by Sunday’s result.
Regional Utd seem to be the in-form side of late, witness their 10-2 win over Nenagh last Sunday, and they will be favourites to advance at home to Geraldines.
Derek Hannon’s side, with their Premier status as good as sealed (despite the mathematics), can approach the cup games as a bonus. They have players capable of finding the net but whether they can contain a rampant United remains to be seen.
Three draws in their last three League games has seen Coonagh drop out of the top two in Div 1A so a win on their visit to Aisling Annacotty is vital to revitalize their promotion push.
Leaders Mungret Reg welcome an in-form Moyross side while second placed Athlunkard Villa will be looking to record back to back wins against Summerville.
The top game in the lower Leagues is in Division 2A the top two clash when Hyde Rgs welcome Star Rvs.
Hyde, under the eye of former Star player Adrian Shine, raised a few eyebrows last weekend beating Kilmallock in the FAI, while Star took advantage of Hyde’s cup run to move back into top spot in the table with a win over Kennedy Park.