Munster Junior Cup 2nd Round (extra time & penalties if required)
Ballingarry AFC vs Athea United
Our first of two Munster Junior Cup games sees Ballingarry take on fellow Premier Division side Athea United. Both sides suffered defeat at the weekend with Ballingarry falling to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Carrig Celtic while Athea lost to Glin Rovers on a 4-1 scoreline. Both of them have been on a losing streak as of late as Ballingarry have lost their last two whilst Athea have lost their last three. Ballingarry were on a good run of form up until late with four successive wins while Athea have yet to find their form with two wins and two draws in all competitions this year. Therefore I see Ballingarry advancing to the next round of this competition.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Ballingarry AFC.
Glin Rovers vs Abbeyfeale United
For the third time this season Glin Rovers face off against Abbeyfeale United in this cup encounter. Glin have not made it easy for Abbeyfeale in their past games with the two sides sharing the points in a 2-2 draw in the league along with Abbeyfeale edging them out in a 2-1 victory in their FAI Umbro Junior Cup game. With how tight it’s been between these two sides Glin will see themselves as being capable of overcoming the in-form Fealesiders this Sunday especially after their 4-1 victory over Athea United last weekend with Paul and Darren Sheahan again playing a big part in that result with three goals between them. Abbeyfeale had a good victory of their own when they advanced to the open draw of the FAI Umbro Junior Cup by defeating Killarney Athletic 4-2 and will be confident going into this game despite it being close before. With that victory they made it 10 wins in a row and 18 games without a loss which shows just how capable they are. Despite their last game against each other being only being three weeks ago, Abbeyfeale have produced three strong away victories since then against Athea United, Nenagh Celtic and Killarney Athletic so I think they will be able to pick up the victory in Glin.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Abbeyfeale United.
Richard Hogan Cup Quarter Final (extra time & penalties if required)
Knockaderry AFC vs Adare United
Our first Richard Hogan Cup Quarter Final game sees Division Three’s Knockaderry face off against Division Two’s Adare United. These two teams were handed losses in their last games with Adare losing their first league game 3-0 to Askeaton while Knockaderry were knocked out of the Riedy Joinery Cup by a goal in each half from Abbeyfeale United B. Adare will be wary of Knockaderry after they upset Askeaton with a 1-0 win in the previous round of this competition but will hope that they can advance considering they have only lost one of their four away games this season. Knockaderry currently sit fifth in Division Three and will be one of the sides that will be looking towards promotion this year. Most would have expected a bigger scoreline in favour of Abbeyfeale United B but this shows how tough it can be to get a result in Knockaderry with it being their first loss from their four home games. It will be a tight one but I think that Adare will edge it.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Adare United.
Newcastle West Rovers B vs Shountrade AFC
Two Division Two sides will face off for the second time this season in our last Richard Hogan Cup Quarter Final of the weekend. This is another contest where both sides are coming off of defeat as Rovers lost 2-1 to Ballingarry B while Shountrade fell to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Ballysteen. Newcastle have had good showings this year defeating Bally Rovers twice and narrowly defeating Glin Rovers B 2-1. While Shountrade have began to get some good results in their last few games with a win over Bally Rovers, a draw against Askeaton along with victories of Division Three’s Glantine B and Feenagh B. The last time these two met Rovers were convincing 6-0 winners and although I do not see the scoreline being that high this time, I still see them coming out on top again to advance to the Semi Final.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Newcastle West Rovers B.
Weekly Observer Premier Division
Newcastle West AFC vs Rathkeale AFC
After picking up their first league win last week, Newcastle West AFC will be looking towards another three points when they face the undefeated league leaders Rathkeale. Goals from James Kelly, Van Mambouana and Luke O’Brien gave Newcastle the spoils last week while Rathkeale’s two first half goals from Pa Ahern were not enough as Broadford United struck twice in the second half before getting a third in extra-time to snatch the victory in their Munster Junior Cup game. Newcastle had a rough start to their season but have come to life as of late with a draw and a win from their last two games as well as their first clean sheet last week. There is great quality within the Newcastle side with Van Mambouana being a very competent soccer player who boasts good strength too along with a real prospect in the form of Dylan Singh in midfield. Rathkeale were unfortunate to lose out to Broadford last week but with it only being their second loss from their 10 games they will still be confident in themselves. They are undefeated in the league so far with six wins from six and have only lost once on the road which was last week against Broadford. I think that Rathkeale will take the points here but with Newcastle hitting their stride and being at home I would not rule them out either.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Rathkeale AFC.
Newcastle West Rovers vs Carrig Celtic
For the second time this season these two teams face off as Newcastle West Rovers take on Carrig Celtic in Woodfield. A win for Rovers would see them move to second in the table while a victory for Carrig Celtic would allow them to move into fifth which would leave them six points behind their opposition with two games in hand. Newcastle’s last game was their 3-2 loss to Carrig Celtic two weeks ago and so they will be looking to get revenge in this contest. Rovers have had some good results this season with draws against Abbeyfeale and Ballingarry as well as convincing wins against Athea United, Killeaney and Broadford United which shows why they are joint third in the table. Carrig have been on a good run as of late making it four wins in a row last Sunday with a 2-1 win over Ballingarry in the FAI Umbro Junior Cup and when combined with their victories over Newcastle West Rovers and Mastergeeha FC, it shows that they are a side that are not to be taken lightly. Carrig’s deadliness from set pieces helped them to grab the victory over Rovers in their last encounter and unless they can deal with them better this time I see Carrig taking the three points.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Carrig Celtic.
Weekly Observer Division 1
Feenagh AFC vs Rathkeale B
An important game for both teams as three points here will see them jump out of the dropzone as Feenagh take on Rathkeale B in our first Division One game of the weekend. Feenagh made it three games without a loss when a first half goal allowed them to overcome Pallaskenry and advance to the Quarter Final of the Riedy Joinery Cup last Sunday. Rathkeale B went four games without a win in their last game when Breska Rovers won 3-2 in Holycross and with them pushing a top half team that close they will consider themselves as being capable of defeating Feenagh. Feenagh have been finding their feet as of late and so I expect them to get the win.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Feenagh AFC.
Granagh United vs Abbeyfeale United B
The team that are second in the table take on the team that are third when Granagh United host Abbeyfeale United B in this tough contest. Granagh fell to their first league loss last Sunday with a 2-1 loss at home to Shannonside while Abbeyfeale made it five wins in a row when they reached the Riedy Joinery Cup Quarter Final with a 2-0 win over Knockaderry. Granagh have been great this season despite last week’s loss with them putting eight past Pallaskenry without reply the week prior along with a convincing 5-2 victory over Glantine. With that being said they will have a challenge on their hands if they are to pick up a win against a strong and in-form Abbeyfeale side. Abbeyfeale picked up their fourth clean sheet of the season last week and have only been kept scoreless once from their nine games. Their 6-0 victory over Breska Rovers has been their most impressive of all their wins so far this season and they will want to go joint second with a victory here. I expect both sides to be in similar positions come the end of the year but I think that Granagh are a very capable side that will take the victory and put themselves top of the table.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Granagh United.
Kildimo United vs Breska Rovers
Our last Division One game sees Kildimo United host Breska Rovers in a mid-table clash. Kildimo moved out of the relegation zone with their 3-1 win over Glantine two weeks ago and then followed it up with a great 5-1 win over fellow Division One Side AK United in the Riedy Joinery Cup. They are another side who have come to life as of late and will want to move up the table with a third win in a row this Sunday. Breska bounced back from a 6-0 loss at the hands of Abbeyfeale United B by grabbing three wins in a row including a 7-0 win over Feenagh the following week, a 4-1 win over Glantine the week after and a 3-2 win over Rathkeale B last Sunday. As can be seen by their results they are a side who are more than capable of scoring with Ian O’Leary and Josh Page being consistent scorers for the side. This has been the toughest game this week to call a result from but I think that Breska might edge it.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Breska Rovers.
Weekly Observer Division 2
Bally Rovers vs Rockhill Rovers
Our one and only Division Two game sees Rockhill Rovers travel to Ballyhahill to face Bally Rovers in a game that both sides will want to win in order to boost their confidence from recent results. The home side have suffered three losses in a row whilst the visitors have lost their last two. Three points for either side will see them move into third in the table so there is a lot at stake here. They have both had mixed form this year getting different results almost every week making this game almost unpredictable, but with Bally Rovers defeating them in their first encounter I am inclined to lean towards them winning again.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Bally Rovers.
Weekly Observer Division 3
Creeves Celtic vs Carrig Celtic B
All of the top four in Division Three will be playing this weekend with the first game being Creeves Celtic versus Carrig Celtic B. Both sides faced off against Division Two’s St. Ita’s in their last games with both of them having different results as Carrig Celtic B lost 5-0 in the Richard Hogan Cup while Creeves Celtic advanced to the Riedy Joinery Cup Quarter Final with a 3-0 victory over them. That result for Creeves last week was their first clean sheet of the year and for them to get it against a side that are division above them is a good sign. They are a capable side with convincing wins over Glantine B and Feenagh B also but have failed to perform in their games against two of the top four with a 2-1 loss to Newcastle West B, drawing against Ferry Rangers despite being up 2-0 at half-time along with losing 3-2 to Knockaderry despite having a 2-0 half-time lead. Carrig Celtic B sit top of the table and have picked up some good results with a win over Knockaderry as well as defeating Glin Rovers B of Division Two in a penalty shootout to advance in the Riedy Joinery Cup. They are not without their faults though having let go of a two goal lead against Newcastle West B which lead to them sharing the points along with falling to a 2-1 loss to a good Ferry Rangers side. A difficult one to predict but I think that Carrig’s clinicalness will give them the win.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Carrig Celtic B.
Ferry Rangers vs Newcastle West B
Our last game of the weekend sees Ferry Rangers take on Newcastle West B in a game where three points for either of the two sides will see them go top of the table should Carrig Celtic B lose to Creeves Celtic. Newcastle West B survived a scare in their last game when they went down 2-0 and to ten men inside the first five minutes against Glantine B before grabbing two in each half to get the victory. This made it three wins in a row for Newcastle which is great for a side who had two draws and a loss from their first three games. Aaron Geary has established himself as a free-kick master for the side having scored five goals from free kicks this year and will be a real threat to Ferry in this contest. Newcastle will be without first choice goalkeeper Willie Kavanagh who was sent off in their previous game so it will be interesting to see how they fare without him. Ferry Rangers have played well this season with their only loss being to Glin Rovers B in the Richard Hogan Cup. They are the only side to have beaten league leaders Carrig Celtic B this year and can boast a victory over Rathkeale B along with draws against two other good Division Three sides in the form of Creeves Celtic and Knockaderry. Ferry have only lost once from their four home games, it is a tough place to go and get a result and so I think Ferry Rangers will get the win but it could be a different outcome when they meet again in the Demesne.
StoppageTime.ie Prediction: Ferry Rangers