Limerick soccer sides target Munster Junior Cup glory

Pat Sheehan


Pat Sheehan


Limerick soccer sides target Munster Junior  Cup glory

Regional's David Cowpar on the attack through midfield during his side's win over Tramore in the FAI Cup last weekend

This weekend sees Limerick's five remaining sides in the Munster Junior Cup battle it out for a place in the last eight of the Provincial competition.

Current holders of the Cup, Pike Rvs face a tricky test when they host Hibernian of the Waterford League.

Pike saw off a plucky City Wanderers 3-2 in the previous round but by their own admission were far off the pace on that occasion.

This weekend they meet a Hibernian side who lead the way in the Waterford Premier League and will provide a much sterner proposition as they showed when they blew away Tipperary side Borroway Rvs 7-2 in the previous round.

Ballynanty Rvs claimed a notable scalp in the previous round when they beat Killarney Celtic after a penalty shoot out. For their reward they are on the road again this time to Cork on Saturday to meet Grattan. The Southerners are 9 points behind the leaders Knocknaheeney in the Cork AUL Premier League, albeit with a couple of games less played but as is always the way with Cork opposition they will prove difficult to overcome.

Sporting Ennistymon might be struggling somewhat in the Clare Premier League but as they showed in the previous round when they toppled Holycross, they are well capable.

They are enjoying their run in the MFA so Kilmallock must take nothing for granted. The County Limerick side are one of the great enigmas in local soccer. They have a panel of players to kill for but for some reason are unable to get the best out of them.

They are well capable of winning Sunday and their reward would be a home quarter final probably against the mighty St Michaels.

Waterford side Pilltown welcome Geraldines on Sunday afternoon. The home side ply their trade in Div 1A of the Waterford League so Geraldines should have nothing to fear.

They still need to go into the tie in the right frame of mind and ready for a battle. If they do they should progress to a home quarter final possibly against Ballynanty Rvs.

The remaining game could prove the tie of the round. Regional Utd welcome Newmarket Celtic who lead the Clare league and are one of the best sides in the country over the last few seasons.

The meet a Regional side with similar ambitions. The Dooradoyle club reached the quarter finals of the FAI Junior Cup last weekend with a good 2-1 win over Tramore. Celtic will be another step up but Regional have shown already this season that they can raise their game considerably. Any slacking will be punished by the visitors but that works both ways and with confidence so high in the Regional camp they may well run into the welcome problem of fixtures congestion.

Two good games scheduled in the Lawson Cup sees high flying Division 1B side Newport take on Division 2A leaders Hyde Rgs and similarly Division 1B hopefuls Hill Celtic at home to Division 1A leaders Coonagh Utd.

In the Premier League Janesboro will open up a four point gap on Pike Rvs if they can take full points on their trip to Nenagh.

With the amount of goals Nenagh have been leaking of late and the scoring form of the Janesboro front runners this suggests just one outcome.

Aisling will be glad to get back to the hum drum of League action after five consecutive cup ties.

They welcome a brave Carew Park side who take the field week after week despite knowing what faces them.

Prospect, bitterly disappointed to have exited the Munster Junior Cup last weekend to Pearse Celtic in Cork are at home to a Charleville side that need to start gathering points rapidly if they are to avoid the drop.

One game that could have a huge bearing on Division 1A promotion is Athlunkard Villa hosting of Mungret Reg on Sunday morning.

Tonight, Thursday, the Div 1A O'Halloran Cup continues with Fairview Rgs taking on Cappamore in Jackman Park at 7pm.