Limerick District League sides prepare for away days in FAI Junior Cup

Leader Reporter


Leader Reporter


Limerick District League sides prepare for away days in FAI Junior Cup

Niall Hanley, Janesboro, in action against Morgan Clancy and Donal Curtin, Geraldines during last weekend's league clash

Next weekend’s Junior football will see the FAI Junior Cup taking centre stage as the Limerick clubs start on the road hoping that one of them can make it to the Aviva in May to contest the final.

There are five Limerick sides in action this weekend with four away and one team at home.

On Saturday evening, Aisling-Annacotty are away in Cork to Blarney. Manager Mike Aherne will be hoping that his side can keep their good form intact as their hosts have been having a mixed season to date winning just three of their eight games.

Regional Utd do have a tricky game in Kerry against Killarney Celtic who are currently unbeaten in their league and have been scoring a lot of goals but the Dooradoyle based club, who themselves are playing well, will look to Sosuke Kimura, Ross Fitzgerald along with Clyde O Connell and Sean McSweeney to win on the road.

Geraldines face la long trip to Donegal to play Glengad. The home side have won the last four Premier titles in the Inishowen league, however the ‘Dines’ will not be put off by their hosts form as the Garryowen club are still on a high following their Munster Junior Cup win over Janesboro last weekend.

Last year’s beaten FAI Junior cup finalists Pike Rovers are in Dublin as they play St Kevin’s Boys and the Pike manager Mike Shields will know that his squad is now one of the favourites to go a long way in this year’s cup.

Pike's hosts are probably better known for producing some top class schoolboys who have gone to play with the Republic of Ireland but their current Junior side play in the Lenister Senior league and at present are in the top four.

Pike will be favourite to win this game but they will have to be at their best to advance.

The only local team at home is Newport and they face a tough game as they welcome Sligo league winners Carberry.

Nenagh boast players of the calibre of Davy Ryan, a FAI junior cup winner with Pike Rovers and his experience will be vital for Newport in attempting to curb the Sligo outfit.

Meanwhile, in the Premier league, Janesboro play Ballynanty Rovers. This is a big game for both sides as both chase top spot in the Premier League.

Also on Sunday, Prospect-Priory host Kilmallock in a relegation battle, while Fairview will be expected to see off Carew Park.

See fixtures for a full breakdown of what is on offer this weekend for Limerick Junior soccer fans.